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Date:         Thu, 10 Oct 2002 12:13:46 -0400
Reply-To:     "Snider-Lotz, Tom" <>
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Snider-Lotz, Tom" <>
Subject:      Re: Adjectives Commonly Associated with Correlation Coeficients
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Yes, it really depends on the situation. I'm involved in developing employment selection tests. If the correlation between scores on two forms of the same test was .3, we'd be alarmed; but if the correlation between test scores and a job performance rating was .3, we'd feel OK about it. As Nels said, Weak-strong would have more general applicability than Poor-Excellent.

Often users reserve judgment until they've taken a step beyond the correlation coefficient. They might find more value in computing such things as variance accounted for, reduction in error of estimation, or financial implications.

>-----Original Message----- >From: Nels Tomlinson [] >Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2002 11:51 AM >To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU >Subject: Re: Adjectives Commonly Associated with Correlation >Coeficients > > >Strong and weak might be better adjectives for describing >correlation. They >are the ones I normally use. > >Are adjectives really the way to go, though? There are two >questions one >can ask about a reported correlation: ``Is it statistically >significant?'' >and ``Is it meaningful (in terms of the subject discipline)?''. A >correlation of 0.3 which is both statistically significant and >meaningful >might be described as weak by some scale of adjectives, but >that might not >be the best way to describe it. > >Hope this helps, >Nels Tomlinson > >-----Original Message----- >From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf Of >R. Allan Reese >Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2002 12:23 AM >To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU >Subject: Re: Adjectives Commonly Associated with Correlation >Coeficients > > >On Wed, 9 Oct 2002, Judy Brown wrote: >> appropriate adjectives to assign to correlation results. >> 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 > >Whether these descriptions are appropriate depends on a value >judgment of >the association. As a deliberately vivid example, the serial >sniper will >know how many bullets s/he has fired and what the hit rate has >been, but >s/he and I would differ on whether to call the association good. > >R. Allan Reese Email: >Associate Manager Direct voice: +44 1482 466845 >Graduate Research Institute Voice messages: +44 1482 466844 >Hull University, Hull HU6 7RX, UK. Fax: +44 1482 466436 >==================================================================== >Hull University: one of the "Access elite" (THES 18/1/02) >Widened access / Low drop out / Excellent teaching / Excellent research >... >Hull University: one of the hardest funding cuts by HEFCE (THES 3/3/02) >

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