More Measures of Correlation

  • Albert K. Kurtz
  • Samuel T. Mayo


Under most circumstances, if it is physically possible to compute it, the Pearson product moment coefficient of correlation is the best measure of relationship and should be used. There are, however, at least twenty other measures of correlation. Except for the measurement of curvilinear relationship, all the others are merely imitations of the Pearson r we studied in Chapter 8.


Dichotomous Variable Grade Point Average Swimming Time True Correlation Speed Score 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert K. Kurtz
    • 1
  • Samuel T. Mayo
    • 2
  1. 1.Winter ParkUSA
  2. 2.Foundations of Education, School of EducationLoyola University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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