(*noun*) In statistical analysis, a situation in which an increase in one variable increases another variable, and vice versa.

**Example:** When temperatures increase, ice cream sales increase.

**Audio Pronunciation: **(pos·i·tive cor·re·la·tion)

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**Usage Notes:**

- Plural:
**positive correlations** - A positive correlation is contrasted to a negative correlation.
- Also called
**direct correlation**.

**Related Terms:**

- attribute
- cohort
- control group
- correlation
- dependent variable
- independent variable
- negative correlation
- random sample
- reliability
- spurious correlation
- statistics

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**How to Cite the Definition of Positive Correlation**

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Seaman, C. E. 2015. “positive correlation.” In *Open Education Sociology Dictionary*, edited by Kenton Bell. Retrieved July 18, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/positive-correlation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

Seaman, C. E. (2015). positive correlation. In K. Bell (Ed.), *Open education sociology dictionary*. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/positive-correlation/

#### Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Seaman, C. E. 2015. “positive correlation.” In* Open Education Sociology Dictionary*, edited by Kenton Bell. Accessed July 18, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/positive-correlation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

Seaman, C. E. “positive correlation.” *Open Education Sociology Dictionary*. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 18 Jul. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/positive-correlation/>.