I have a couple of variables with different scales - I don't want to use contingency tables so Is there a way to calculate all the correlations with different methods and then compare them?

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    $\begingroup$ Are the variables quantitative, qualitative? $\endgroup$
    – Drew75
    Feb 7, 2014 at 18:08
  • $\begingroup$ both - unfortunately $\endgroup$
    – Lara
    Feb 7, 2014 at 18:41

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You'll have to use different methods to compare correlations. Unfortunately for the cases with qualitative variables, you'll need contingency tables.

  1. Quantitative-quantitative: Easy! Spearmean, pearson, and kendall correlation (scales don't matter).

  2. Quantitative-qualitative: Less easy. You can use a t-test to check the equality of means of the quantitative variable over the modes of the qualitative variable. Or analysis of variance. These are contingency-tables.

  3. Qualitative-qualitative: Less easy. This is a Chi-2 test. Period.

You won't be able to escape contingency tables.

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    – user31668
    Feb 8, 2014 at 1:23

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