Spurious correlations, by the bucketful

vigenTyler Vigen’s “Spurious Correlations” web site presents many spurious correlations.

Correlation does not imply causation, or so they say. What causes people to say that? You might ask that question of Tyler Vigen (pictured here), who is a student at Harvard Law School and a former store detective (at Macy’s) and also formerly a military geospacial intelligence analyst. Or you might ask Wikipedia. Or ask XKCD. Correlation does, by the way, imply correlation.

Here’s one of Tyler Vigen’s spurious correlations:

People who drowned after falling out of a fishing boat
correlates with
Marriage rate in Kentucky

boat-kentucky

Here’s another:

Industrial manufacturing doctorates awarded (US)
correlates with
Per capita consumption of motzarella cheese (US)

doctorates-cheese

  • Gemma

    “Correlation does not imply correlation
    Correlation does not imply correlation
    Correlation does not imply correlation
    Correlation does not imply correlation.” <- oops

    Correlation does not imply correlation

    • Gemma

      And no, I did not mean to paste that 5 times. What a numpty! /muphry’s law