Essentials of Statistics (5th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32192-459-2
ISBN 13: 978-0-32192-459-9

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Statistics - 1-2 Statistical and Critical Thinking: 4

Answer

Correlation does not imply causation means that just because one thing is correlated with another thing, does not mean that one thing is the cause of the other thing.

Work Step by Step

For example, during the summer ice cream purchase rates go up. Murder rates also go up. Just because murder and ice cream purchases rates are correlated, the ice cream did not cause people to murder. Therefore correlation does not imply causation.
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