spurious correlation

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Noun1.spurious correlation - 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
statistics - a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters
correlational statistics, correlation - a statistical relation between two or more variables such that systematic changes in the value of one variable are accompanied by systematic changes in the other
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The results of the arrange marriages and elopement marriages indicated spurious relationship between cultural aspect with relation to the effects of divorce on women, while it was non-spurious in love marriage as indicated by the respective level of significance at bi variate level.
In a word, our simulation experiments confirm our motivation a spurious relationship is present in these regressions in the case of structural breaks in trend.
He showed troubling ignorance by understating the income disparity between Israel and those areas (New York Times)." By favoring one facetious variable and disregarding multiple others, Romney abided by a spurious relationship -- one in which two variables have no causal relationship.