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Quantitative Idea: There is a positive correlation between the age of an individual and...

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meowththth | Student | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted May 13, 2013 at 11:59 PM via iOS

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Quantitative Idea: There is a positive correlation between the age of an individual and where they sit on a train - front,middle,end of train  Thoughts?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 14, 2013 at 12:16 AM (Answer #1)

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First of all, it is not possible to say that that there is a “positive correlation” between people’s age and where they sit in a train car.  The reason for this is that there is not positive and negative in train car seating.  A positive correlation exists when an increase in one variable goes along with an increase in another variable.  Age can increase.  Where you sit in a train car cannot.  So, to be accurate, you will need to say something like “there is a positive correlation between one’s age and how far forward in a train car one sits.

Outside of that, I think you would need to clearly define what kind of train car you are talking about.  For example, a train car that has one door at the “front” (closer to the direction it is travelling) might yield different seating arrangements than a car that has a door at the back.  Both of these might be different than train cars that have doors that open in the middle.

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