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Funny graphs show correlation between completely unrelated stats [9 pictures]

May 9, 2014 By Abraham 7

In an ongoing and geekily hilarious collection of evidence in defense of the fact that correlation does not imply causation, Harvard law student Tyler Vigen shares charts showing “spurious correlations” — high correlation between two random, unrelated statistics.

Divorce and Margarine

Spurious Correlations - 01

Bedsheet Deaths and Ski Profits

Spurious Correlations - 02

Norwegian Oil and Train Accidents

Spurious Correlations - 03

Uranium and Arcade Revenue

Spurious Correlations - 04

North Carolinian Marriage and Executions

Spurious Correlations - 05

Sour Cream and Motorcycle Accidents

Spurious Correlations - 06

Power Line Accidents and Alabaman Marriage

Spurious Correlations - 07

X-ray Deaths and Bike Accidents

Spurious Correlations - 08

Math Degrees and Suicide

Spurious Correlations - 09

Space Exploration and Sociology Degrees

Spurious Correlations - 10

See lots more at Vigen’s site.

But what if correlation does imply causation? Maybe Margarine is causing divorce in Maine…

7 Comments

  1. Mathi Bear says:

    “The price of uranium just went up.”
    “That means it’s time to go play video games!”

    1. Nubbins says:

      Or does it mean that when uranium prices go up, we should stop playing video games. I’m so confused!

  2. flow ir in says:

    embrace discordianism. even though there may be no _causality_ here, it does not mean there is no correlation, nor no interconnectedness. reality is far more complex than we can imagine.

  3. ian says:

    I like the space launch and doctorates especially as it is not basically a positive or negative time series.

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