I am unsure how to interpret the second of two scatterplots I created.
The first scatterplot shows a slight negative correlation between the variables (n=14, population not sample). This interpretation is reinforced by the Pearson r.I also calculated a Spearman rho. The first scatterplot is below. The dashed line is a linear trend and both the Pearson r and Spearman's rho are listed on the chart.
On a whim, I also created a scatterplot of the rank of the two variables for each observation. This second scatterplot shows two clusters with each cluster having a moderate positive correlation. This scatterplot is below.
Is this second scatterplot meaningful? If so, how should I interpret it?
Note: I am already aware of issues related to the small number of observations. I am only interested in whether the scatter plot of variable rank has any meaning.