# Linked Questions

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### Pearson's test of Correlation or Spearman's test? [duplicate]

I want to conduct a correlation analysis between two continuous variables. The first variable is age and second one is number of relapses. The age is non normally distributed, whereas the number of ...
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### How to measure and interpret correlation between non-normal variables [duplicate]

How should I measure correlation between, for example, population size or crossover probability and time ? Pearson coefficient seems like an obvious choice. However my data do not follow normal ...
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### How to choose between Pearson and Spearman correlation?

How do I know when to choose between Spearman's $\rho$ and Pearson's $r$? My variable includes satisfaction and the scores were interpreted using the sum of the scores. However, these scores could ...
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### Kendall Tau or Spearman's rho?

In which cases should one prefer the one over the other? I found someone who claims an advantage for Kendall, for pedagogical reasons, are there other reasons?
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### PCA of non-Gaussian data

I have a couple of quick questions about PCA: Does the PCA assume that the dataset is Gaussian? What happens when I apply a PCA to inherently non-linear data? Given a dataset, the process is to ...
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### If linear regression is related to Pearson's correlation, are there any regression techniques related to Kendall's and Spearman's correlations?

Maybe this question is naive, but: If linear regression is closely related to Pearson's correlation coefficient, are there any regression techniques closely related to Kendall's and Spearman's ...
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### What could cause big differences in correlation coefficient between Pearson's and Spearman's correlation for a given dataset?

The Pearson's coefficient between two variables is quite high (r=.65). But when I rank the variable values and run a Spearman's correlation, the cofficient value is much lower (r=.30). What is the ...
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### Why is Pearson's ρ only an exhaustive measure of association if the joint distribution is multivariate normal?

This assertion was raised in the top response to this question. I think the 'why' question is sufficiently different that it warrants a new thread. Googling "exhaustive measure of association" did not ...
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### Spearman's or Pearson's correlation with Likert scales where linearity and homoscedasticity may be violated

I am wanting to run correlations on a number of measurements where Likert scales were used. Looking at the scatterplots it appears the assumptions of linearity and homoscedasticity may have been ...
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### Is it logical to use correlation between percentages

I have two variables: the number of employees who work from home in the firm and the number of independent contractors in the firm - and I have this data for 70 firms. I am trying to determine what ...
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### Taking correlation before or after log-transformation of variables

Is there a general principle on whether one should compute pearson correlation for two random variables X and Y before taking their log transform or after? Is there a procedure to test which is more ...
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### Reporting coefficient of determination using Spearman's rho

I have two non-normally distributed variables (positively-skewed, exhibiting ceiling effects). I would like to calculate the correlation coefficient between these two variables. Due to the non-...
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### Pearson correlation between a variable and its square

Here is my R code to get familiarised with Pearson's correlation. I generate values of $X$ from 1 to 100, then find the correlation between $X$ and $X^2$: ...
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### Whether to use Spearman's rho or multiple regression to examine relationship between two Likert scales?

I am doing my thesis and have absolutely no previous experience in statistics. I have constructed several Likert scales by forming composites scores each based on 4-6 items which tests the level of ...
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### Measuring linear correlation of non-normally distributed variables

How can I measure linear correlation of non-normally distributed variables? Pearson coefficient is not valid for non-normally distributed data, and Spearman's rho does not capture linear correlation. ...

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