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Name a situation in which a relationship exists in which people tend to jump to false conclusions about one variable causing the other?

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Hi there,

The topic that you have brought up is an interesting one. Often times, the line "correlation doesn't mean causation" is used to describe such relationships and the false conclusions that arise from them. I'd like to tell you of a situation that was related to me in a statistics class to outline the ...

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This 200 word response outlines a real world example in which faulty conclusions may be drawn in terms of causation of a variable.

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o Key similarities and differences among the four business problems and how these similarities and differences influenced your decisions regarding the use of descriptive and inferential statistics

Submit the paper as a Microsoft Word attachment to your Individual forum.

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