Monday, March 30, 2009

An illustration of spurious correlation

Spurious correlation is one of those concepts for which I'm always looking for good illustrations. Well, the search may be over with the graph below. Not only does it illustrate spurious correlation, it involves pirates, and I definitely need to work more pirates into my lectures.

Thanks Jeff!


Toronto Real Estate said...

So to stop the Global warming we need more pirates? Interesting solution:)

Take care, Elli

jlr said...

Or to get rid of pirates, we just need more global warming. Maybe pirates live too close to the ocean? That would explain a causal relationship, right?