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 (kôr′ə-lā′shən, kŏr′-)
1. A relationship or connection between two things based on co-occurrence or pattern of change: a correlation between drug abuse and crime.
2. Statistics The tendency for two values or variables to change together, in either the same or opposite way: As cigarette smoking increases, so does the incidence of lung cancer, indicating a positive correlation.
3. An act of correlating or the condition of being correlated.

[Medieval Latin correlātiō, correlātiōn- : Latin com-, com- + Latin relātiō, relation, report (from relātus, past participle of referre, to carry back; see relate).]

cor′re·la′tion·al adj.
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Adj.1.correlational - relating to or employing correlation
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It covers descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, statistical procedures focused on sample means and variance, and correlational and nonparametric statistics, with examples in each chapter, instructions for using SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences), and other learning resources.
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Undoubtedly, all the economic indicators are not only correlational but, for the case in point, are also somewhat directly proportional to each other.
However, researchers said the link was small and correlational in nature.
We review nearly a half century of research across seven diverse correlational and experimental domains that historically have had little crosstalk.
Approximately 20 samples were available for comparison of biomarker data from the curcumin and placebo groups at the endpoint, with the small numbers resulting in exploratory correlational analyses being conducted rather than multiple regression analysis.
Although the correlational design of the study precludes any causal interpretation, the implication is that strategies for increasing physical activity in the general population have the potential benefit of not only improving cardiovascular health, but also improving mental health by reducing depressive symptoms.
As a single correlational study, Level IV data are provided (Polit & Beck, 2012).

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