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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Linked to...? New 'Spurious Correlations' Blog Offers Comic Relief with a Dose of Caution


May 21, 2014

If you read any of the research studies we sometimes publish, there's a phrase that by now should roll easily off your tongue: correlation doesn't equal causation. If you doubt that, look no further than Harvard Law School Student Tyler Vigen's hilarious blog, "Spurious Correlations." It's absolutely the most fun available online for science geeks. Betcha didn't know that:
Just check the graphs! There are dozens, and you can even easily discover and plot your own.









2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Marriage rate in Mississippi
Marriages per 1000 people (US Census)
6.96.56.46.26.15.85.75.45.14.8
Per capita consumption of whole milk (US)
Gallons (USDA)
7.77.47.37.276.66.56.15.95.7
Correlation: 0.992835

Here, Tyler Vigen talks about Spurious Correlations.

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