Correlation (Education)

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  • A measure of how closely two variables are associated. For example, education and income are correlated: When education is high, income tends to be high; when education is low, income tends to be low. This is an example of a positive correlation or a direct relation: The values of the two variables tend to move in the same direction. A negative correlation or an inverse relation is one in which the values of the two variables tend to go in opposite directions, such as nations' education levels and their birth rates: Nations with high education levels tend to have low birth rates; countries with low education levels tend to have high birth rates. Note that positive and negative do not mean favorable or unfavorable. The ...

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