Hi!
I was wondering, is a correlation different than a conditional? I know that for conditionals and causeandeffect you have to be reeally careful. But I was thinking that if two things have a positive correlation, it's impossible to know which one is the necessary and which one is the sufficient, or whether such an assignment can even be made?
Specifically, if we know C causes both A and B, where A and B have a positive correlation, will an increase in A be sufficient to know that B goes up and vice versa, making both A and B necessary and sufficient for the other? whoa
Quick Question! [correlation/conditionals]
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Hi Diana,
Thanks for the question! The answer is that a a correlation is different than a conditional. A correlation just means two things are related in some way (crime goes up during the summer, so the two are correlated). A conditional relationship is a very specific kind of relationship with certain identifiable features. As for your specific question, the answers are No. We don't magnitude, and while a positive correlation would suggest that both A and B rise, we don't know that they are nec/suf for each other. Thanks! Dave Killoran
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Oh that makes sense! Conditionals don't even take into account correlations. You can have a positive correlation where one increases and the other increases, but not a... positive conditional :P since they are "stagnant" in a way. Thank you so much
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