For this assignment, I’d like you to visit one of the following websites:
- http://tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations (Links to an external site.)
- http://tylervigen.com/discover (Links to an external site.)
Both websites are spurious correlation generators; some of these are quite funny (i.e., people who drowned after falling out of a fishing boat and marriage rates in Kentucky (r = 0.95); anything involving Nicholas Cage). Pick out two correlations (if you use http://tylervigen.com/discover (Links to an external site.), you can generate your own two correlations). Be sure to write down the variables in each of your correlations.
After you’ve pick your two correlations, answer the following questions:
- Why is this relationship spurious?
- How could these two variables related? (ridiculous theories are encouraged here)
Your response should be 400-750 words, in APA format, 12pt font, 1″ margins, cover page,references page, etc. (abstract not required). Make sure to use a .doc, docx, or rtf file format and attach the file when submitting.
Please see the class schedule located in the course syllabus for specific dates.
This assignment has a minimum of five (5) required sources. While the website can count as one source, this means you need to find additional sources to add detail and support to your answers. Look for real world examples in the news, peer reviewed journals, etc.