Definition of Positive Correlation
Example of Positive Correlation
- When temperatures increase, ice cream sales increase.
Positive Correlation Pronunciation
Syllabification: pos·i·tive cor·re·la·tion
- American English – /pAHz-uh-tiv kor-uh-lAY-shuhn/
- British English – /pOz-i-tiv kor-i-lAY-shuhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈpɑzətɪv ˌkɔrəˈleɪʃən/
- British English – /ˈpɒzətɪv ˌkɒrɪˈleɪʃən/
- Plural: positive correlations
- Positive correlation is the opposite of negative correlation.
- Also called direct correlation.
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- Word origin of “positive” and “correlation” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- control group
- dependent variable
- independent variable
- negative correlation
- random sample
- spurious correlation
Contributor: C. E. Seaman
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Seaman, C. E. 2015. “positive correlation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Retrieved October 22, 2021 (https://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 https://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 October 22, 2021. https://sociologydictionary.org/positive-correlation/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
Seaman, C. E. “positive correlation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 22 Oct. 2021. <https://sociologydictionary.org/positive-correlation/>.