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If the correlation is positive, can I conclude one variable predict another variable?

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Sophia
13 August 2020
If the correlation is positive, can I conclude one variable predict another variable?

If the correlation is positive, can I conclude one variable predict another variable?

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Peter Cheung
12 August 2020

Yes.

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Sophia
12 August 2020

I see, it is unclear for the predictor-outcome relationship in a correlational analysis.

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Peter Cheung
12 August 2020

No. A positive correlation only shows that the two variables are correlated positively, without knowing which variable predicts which variable.

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