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Date:         Wed, 9 Oct 2002 16:37:42 -0600
Reply-To:     Judy Brown <>
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From:         Judy Brown <>
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 this recommendation. Do you know of any references that I might utilize for this purpose?

Thank you, Judy Brown (303/866-7443)

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