# comparing Pearson Correlation of 2 samples against a rating sample set [duplicate]

I am analyzing a survey result. I have 2 factors 1) a trainer factor 2) a participant benefited factor. These 2 factors are compared against a training rating and correlation is calculated. can i compare the (r)s? i.e., (r) of trainer factor to rating and (r) of participant factor to rating

Yes, the difference between correlation coefficients can be tested for statistical significance. The test statistic depends on the two $$r$$ values, as well as on the sizes of the samples involved, $$n_1$$ and $$n_2$$. The exact formula depends on whether the correlation coefficients were calculated in the same group or not; and if they come from the same group, on whether they share a common variable or not. In $$R$$, the cocor package handles all these situations conveniently. See the related publication: Diedenhofen & Musch 2015
• I think you mean variables rather than factors. Can you specify a bit what these variables are? More specifically, are values of $x$ and $y$ paired somehow? (e.g. related to the same individual or item)