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1 Chapter 15 Association Between Variables Measured at the Interval-Ratio Level

2 Chapter Outline  Interpreting the Correlation Coefficient: r 2  The Correlation Matrix  Testing Pearson’s r for Significance  Interpreting Statistics: The Correlates of Crime

3 Scattergrams  Scattergrams have two dimensions: The X (independent) variable is arrayed along the horizontal axis. The Y (dependent) variable is arrayed along the vertical axis.

4 Scattergrams  Each dot on a scattergram is a case.  The dot is placed at the intersection of the case’s scores on X and Y.

5 Scattergra ms  Shows the relationship between % College Educated (X) and Voter Turnout (Y) on election day for the 50 states.

6 Scattergrams  Horizontal X axis - % of population of a state with a college education. Scores range from 15.3% to 34.6% and increase from left to right.

7 Scattergrams  Vertical (Y) axis is voter turnout. Scores range from 44.1% to 70.4% and increase from bottom to top

8 Scattergrams: Regression Line  A single straight line that comes as close as possible to all data points.  Indicates strength and direction of the relationship.

9 Scattergrams: Strength of Regression Line  The greater the extent to which dots are clustered around the regression line, the stronger the relationship.  This relationship is weak to moderate in strength.

10 Scattergrams: Direction of Regression Line  Positive: regression line rises left to right.  Negative: regression line falls left to right.  This a positive relationship: As % college educated increases, turnout increases.

11 Scattergrams  Inspection of the scattergram should always be the first step in assessing the correlation between two I-R variables

12 The Regression Line: Formula  This formula defines the regression line: Y = a + bX Where:  Y = score on the dependent variable  a = the Y intercept or the point where the regression line crosses the Y axis.  b = the slope of the regression line or the amount of change produced in Y by a unit change in X  X = score on the independent variable

13 Regression Analysis  Before using the formula for the regression line, a and b must be calculated.  Compute b first, using Formula 15.3 (we won’t do any calculation for this chapter)

14 Regression Analysis  The Y intercept (a) is computed from Formula 15.4:

15 Regression Analysis  For the relationship between % college educated and turnout: b (slope) =.42 a (Y intercept)=  Regression formula: Y = X  A slope of.42 means that turnout increases by.42 (less than half a percent) for every unit increase of 1 in % college educated.  The Y intercept means that the regression line crosses the Y axis at Y =

16 Predicting Y  What turnout would be expected in a state where only 10% of the population was college educated?  What turnout would be expected in a state where 70% of the population was college educated?  This is a positive relationship so the value for Y increases as X increases: For X =10, Y = (10) = 54.5 For X =70, Y = (70) = 79.7

17 Pearson correlation coefficient  But of course, this is just an estimate of turnout based on % college educated, and many other factors also affect voter turnout.  How much of the variation in voter turnout depends on % college educated? The relevant statististic is the coefficient of determination (r squared), but first we need to learn about Pearson’s correlation coefficient (r).

18 Pearson’s r  Pearson’s r is a measure of association for I-R variables.  It varies from -1.0 to +1.0  Relationship may be positive (as X increases, Y increases) or negative (as X increases, Y decreases)  For the relationship between % college educated and turnout, r =.32.  The relationship is positive: as level of education increases, turnout increases.  How strong is the relationship? For that we use R squared, but first, let’s look at the calculation process

19 Example of Computation  The computation and interpretation of a, b, and Pearson’s r will be illustrated using Problem  The variables are: Voter turnout (Y) Average years of school (X)  The sample is 5 cities. This is only to simplify computations, 5 is much too small a sample for serious research.

20 Example of Computation  The scores on each variable are displayed in table format: Y = Turnout X = Years of Education CityXY A B C D E13.070

21 Example of Computation  Sums are needed to compute b, a, and Pearson’s r. XYX2X2 Y2Y2 XY

22 Interpreting Pearson’s r  An r of 0.98 indicates an extremely strong relationship between average years of education and voter turnout for these five cities.  The coefficient of determination is r 2 =.96. Knowing education level improves our prediction of voter turnout by 96%. This is a PRE measure (like lambda and gamma)  We could also say that education explains 96% of the variation in voter turnout.

23 Interpreting Pearson’s r  Our first example provides a more realistic value for r. The r between turnout and % college educated for the 50 states was:  r =.32  This is a weak to moderate, positive relationship.  The value of r 2 is.10. Percent college educated explains 10% of the variation in turnout.


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