Paper details: Check out this website by Tyler Vigen Links to an external site.. Note that the correlation maker is currently not available, but the examples still work.
The website contains some spurious correlations that are quite funny (e.g. Per capita cheese consumption & number of people who died by becoming entangled in their bedsheets (r = 0.95); anything involving Nicholas Cage).
Once you have looked at some of those examples, choose three spurious correlations that are available in this dropbox folder Links to an external site. Be sure to save the unique dropbox for each of your three correlations and cite them properly in your paper (see below note on citation).
After you’ve picked your three correlations, answer the following questions for EACH of the three correlations:
Why is the relationship spurious? (That is to say, what factors contribute to these variables being spurious? Are there rival causal factors? Are there issues with the data or how it’s presented (raw vs normalized, etc), is it simply a function of time, or the result of an external event?
How could these two variables be related? (Let’s pretend we’re the media and think that correlations DOES equal causation, what are some ways one of your variables could be related to the other? (Ridiculous theories are encouraged here). Choose one variable to be the independent variable and the other the dependent and paint me a fictional explanation on how it “could” be possible. It might be best to chose your variables based on this part of the prompt, rather than the first.
Be sure to mention the strength and direction of association for each Correlation at some point. You do not need to include any pictures of the correlation graphs
Make sure you find real world examples that could possible support the second part of the prompt, at least loosely speaking. If you’re making a claim that cheese consumption is causing people to murder others with steam, hot vapors, or hot objects, then find a source talking about increased cheese consumption.
To cite these correlations in text:
Since Tyler Vigen is not the author, but the data comes from many sources, we’re going to treat each correlation like it doesn’t have an author, or a date. This means we’ll be using the title of the correlation. Using the example above “Per capita cheese consumption & number of people who died by becoming entangled in their bedsheets” as long as you aren’t using the drowned variable in another example, then (Per Capita Cheese, n.d.) is fine for in text, but on your references page use the full title. For the url, use the dropbox link for the specific image. Since you’re using the title, each will be different, I know where to look if I need to. The references page should like look like this
Full Title of Correlation (n.d.) Spurious Correlations. http://dropbox URL
so using the example in this prompt,
Per capita cheese consumption & number of people who died by becoming entangled in their bedsheets (n.d.). Spurious Correlations. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eqkosisj9nb1ogr/AACeLMLY8tsSotWW85Aa7KV3a?dl=0&preview=cheese+and+bed+sheets.png
Your response should be 1250-1500 words, in APA format, 12pt font, 1″ margins, Cover page (abstract not required), references page, etc. Make sure to use a .doc, docx, or rtf file format and attach the file when submitting. This assignment is due at the end of the week assigned by 1159pm. Please see the class schedule located in the course syllabus for specific dates.
This assignment has a minimum of seven (7) required sources. While the three unique (peramlink) URLs for your correlations count, 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.
Make sure you have three spurious correlations and answer this prompt fulaqwly or you will not receive a passing grade
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