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Amusing Graphs ‘Prove’ That Correlation Does Not Imply Causation

Joseph Sparks

20th February 2017

Every A-Level Psychology student will have heard their teacher say ‘correlation does not imply causation’, at some point in their course.

To ‘prove’ this point, the website tylervigen.comhas posted a series of spurious correlations that would certainly provide some amusement in the classroom.

Did you know that there is a correlation between the number of people who drowned by falling into a pool and the number of films Nicolas Cage appeared in? Did you know that there is a correlation between divorce rates and consumption of margarine?

To see a whole host of spurious correlations, click here.

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Joseph Sparks

Joseph is a Subject Advisor for Psychology at tutor2u. He is an experienced Psychology & Music Teacher, Writer, Examiner and Presenter. He is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Education and is passionate about the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

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