Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2002 16:37:42 -0600
Reply-To: Judy Brown <Judy.Brown@state.co.us>
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From: Judy Brown <Judy.Brown@state.co.us>
Subject: Adjectives Commonly Associated with Correlation Coeficients
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Hi. Do you know of any articles or books that provide guidelines for
appropriate adjectives to assign to correlation results. I used to
have an article that gave some guidelines, but I can no longer find it
and I'd like to have a source for such terms.
For example, something like...
.9 and better might be described as excellent
.8 as good
.6 -. 7 as moderate
.5 as low
.4 and below as poor
I have received a draft report from a contractor in which
interrater reliability of r=.96 was described as 'high' as was a r=.8.
Then they went on to describe both of these results as 'very good'
interrater reliability. Later in the same report, the phrase 'highly
correlated' was used to describe r=.53 and r=.48 for a concurrent
validity comparison of the summary score of two assessment tools. I
would like to ask our contractor for more consistency in the adjectives
they are using to describe the correlation coeficients within their
draft report, but I'd like to have a reference document on which to base
Do you know of any references that I might utilize for this
Thank you, Judy Brown (303/866-7443)