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You should use a Pearson Correlation when:

  • You are looking for a relationship between two samplesglossary item: Sample, one sample from each of two variables
  • You can assume that any relationship between the variables is linearglossary item: linear relationship
  • The data in the samples are measured at the scaleglossary item: Scale data  level
  • The data are relatedglossary item: related data

 

Do not use this test when:

  • You want to compare frequency distributionsglossary item: Frequency Distribution
  • You want to interpret your results in terms of a dependentglossary item: dependent variable and an independentglossary item: independent variable variable
  • The data do not fulfil parametric criteriaglossary item: Parametric criteria