# CORRELATIONS/SPURIOUS/EXTRANEOUS VARIABLES/ONLINE RESEARCH STUDY

Need help with online research study. Must have experience in variables/correlations! Must be completed by Thursday 05/14/15 at 8:00 AM CST US.. If completed by 11 pm today US central time will pay \$5.00 bonus..Follow directions to the extreme.. Professor is very picky…

• Review some popular online newspapers and/or online magazines to look for articles on research studies. Look for examples of statements and claims that might reflect a spurious relationship or extraneous variables.
• Find two popular media examples of the following two types of correlations: Number the example with the spurious relationship as “1,” and the example with extraneous variable as “2.”
• Find one media example of a correlation that could be argued to be a spurious correlation.
• Find a second media example that illustrates a correlation that may have an extraneous variable.

With these thoughts in mind:

For the media example of a spurious correlation: 1) Explain the example and the claim that has been made. 2) Identify the predictor variable and the outcome variable. 3) Identify the correlation. Is it a positive or negative correlation? How did you determine this to be the case? 4) What is your proposed spurious (third) variable? 5) How does your proposed spurious variable simultaneously explain both your outcome variable and predictor variable?

1. For the media example of an extraneous variable: 1) Explain the example and the claim that has been made. 2) Identify the predictor variable and the outcome variable. 3) Identify the correlation. Is it a positive or negative correlation? How did you determine this to be the case? 4) What is your proposed extraneous variable? 5) How does your proposed extraneous variable explain your outcome variable and not the predictor variable?

Note: Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references

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