Above is a snapshot of a subset of a larger dataset, N=61.
Groupis the group number,
Iterationsis indicating the iteration number for every group,
TradeoffTalkis the frequency count of a certain 'level of discussion' by the group for every iteration ('level of discussion' is an ordinal variable but not used directly here),
IDRefis the frequency count of a certain 'action' by the group for every iteration ('action' is a nominal variable but not used directly here),
ProcPromptis the frequency count of certain 'instruction' ('instruction' is a nominal variable but not used directly here) given to the group during the iteration
Can I treat
ProcPrompt as continuous variables and run Pearson's correlation and partial correlation between them? I am trying to find if these are related and describe the relationship (positive / negative) between them. For example, one claim I'd like to make is, there is a strong positive relationship between
IDRef (enough to indicate significant relationship, causal claim is not needed).