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# What Is the Most Direct Way to Interpret the Value of a Correlation Coefficient?

### What Is the Most Direct Way to Interpret the Value of a Correlation Coefficient?

The correlation coefficient is a numerical value that indicates the degree of relationship between two variables. The value of any correlation coefficient ranges from –1.00 (a perfectly indirect or negative correlation) to +1.00 (a perfectly direct or positive correlation). But how does one interpret this value? What does it mean?

The most direct way to interpret a correlation coefficient is to use the following table. This will give you a quick assessment of the strength of the correlation.

If the absolute value of the correlation coefficient ranges from . . .

The relationship between the variables is . . .

.8 to 1.0

Very strong

.6 to .8

Strong

.4 to .6

Moderate

.2 to .4

Weak

.0 to .2

Absent

While using the ...

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