### Definition of Spurious correlation

1. Noun. A correlation between two variables (e.g., between the number of electric motors in the home and grades at school) that does not result from any direct relation between them (buying electric motors will not raise grades) but from their relation to other variables.

Category relationships: Statistics
Generic synonyms: Correlation, Correlational Statistics

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### Literary usage of Spurious correlation

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1. Statistical Methods: With Special Reference to Biological Variation by Charles Benedict Davenport (1904)
"spurious correlation IN ... c as found in the same individuals, a spurious correlation will be found to exist between the indices of - and - (Pearson, '97). ..."

2. Introduction to Mathematical Statistics by Carl Joseph West (1918)
"spurious correlation. In interpreting the computed value of any measure of correlation care must be taken that the correlation is not merely apparent and ..."

3. Variation and Correlation in the Crayfish: With Special Reference to the by Raymond Pearl, Arthur Brooks Clawson (1907)
"As is to be expected for arithmetical reasons, the spurious correlation is ... It is to be noted that the value of the spurious correlation runs much more ..."

4. Collected Papers (1922)
"Equation (6) which was derived as a special case of formula (5) might have been obtained directly from (7). spurious correlation Attention was first called ..."

5. Statistical Methods: With Special Reference to Biological Variation by Charles Benedict Davenport (1899)
"... 1/2000 X 1.627 spurious correlation IN INDICES. When two characters A and В are measured in each individual of a series of individuals, ..."

6. Statistical Methods: With Special Reference to Biological Variation by Charles Benedict Davenport (1899)
"B. e, = '• •' •• » •• C; Po = " " " spurious correlation. 8.' The precise method of using /э„ in modifying any determination of p is uncertain. ..."

7. An Introduction to the Theory of Statistics by George Udny Yule (1919)
"Rainfall," Mem. Asiatic Soc. Bengal, vol. ii., 1910, p. 847. (13) " STUDENT," " The Elimination of spurious correlation due to Position in Time or Space," ..."

8. Statistical Methods: With Special Reference to Biological Variation by Charles Benedict Davenport (1904)
"spurious correlation IN INDICES. When two characters a and b are measured in each individual of a series of individuals, and each absolute magnitude is ..."