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positive correlation

Definition of Positive Correlation

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

Example of Positive Correlation

  • When temperatures increase, ice cream sales increase.

Positive Correlation Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: pos·i·tive cor·re·la·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • 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/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: positive correlations
  • Positive correlation is the opposite of negative correlation.
  • Also called direct correlation.

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Contributor: C. E. Seaman

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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 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/>.