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Measures of Association

Measures of Association: Interval/Ratio

For continuous linearly related


Pearson correlation coefficient
variables
For nonlinear data or relating a main
Correlation ratio (eta) effect to a continuous dependent
variable
One continuous and one dichotomous
Biserial variable with an underlying normal
distribution
Three variables; relating two with the
Partial correlation
third’s effect taken out
Three variables; relating one variable
Multiple correlation
with two others
Predicting one variable from another’s
Bivariate linear regression
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scores
Measures of Association: Ordinal

Based on concordant-discordant pairs;


Gamma proportional reduction in error (PRE)
interpretation

Kendall’s tau b P-Q based; adjustment for tied ranks

P-Q based; adjustment for table


Kendall’s tau c
dimensions

P-Q based; asymmetrical extension of


Somers’s d
gamma

Product moment correlation for ranked


Spearman’s rho
data
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Measures of Association: Nominal

Phi Chi-square based for 2*2 tables


CS based; adjustment when one table
Cramer’s V
dimension >2
CS based; flexible data and distribution
Contingency coefficient C
assumptions

Lambda PRE based interpretation

PRE based with table marginals


Goodman & Kruskal’s tau
emphasis
Uncertainty coefficient Useful for multidimensional tables

Kappa Agreement measure


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Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation r

Is there a relationship between X and Y?

What is the magnitude of the relationship?

What is the direction of the relationship?

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Exhibit 19-2 Scatterplots of Relationships

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Exhibit 19-4 Scatterplots

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Interpretation of Coefficients

A coefficient is not remarkable simply


because it is statistically significant! It
must be practically meaningful.

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Exhibit 19-9 Comparison of Bivariate
Linear Correlation and Regression

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Examples of Different Slopes

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Testing Goodness of Fit

Y is completely unrelated to X
and no systematic pattern is evident

There are constant values of


Y for every value of X

The data are related but


represented by a nonlinear function

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Exhibit 19-18 Components of Variation

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Coefficient of Determination: r2

Total proportion of variance in Y


explained by X
Desired r2: 80% or more

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Exhibit 19-20 Chi-Square Based Measures

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Exhibit 19-22 Statistical Alternatives for Ordinal
Measures

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