# Question: Which is better Pearson or Spearman?

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The difference between the Pearson correlation and the Spearman correlation is that the Pearson is most appropriate for measurements taken from an interval scale, while the Spearman is more appropriate for measurements taken from ordinal scales.

## How do you know when to use Spearman or Pearson?

Pearson correlation: Pearson correlation evaluates the linear relationship between two continuous variables. Spearman correlation: Spearman correlation evaluates the monotonic relationship. The Spearman correlation coefficient is based on the ranked values for each variable rather than the raw data.

## Why is Pearsons better than Spearmans?

2. One more difference is that Pearson works with raw data values of the variables whereas Spearman works with rank-ordered variables. Now, if we feel that a scatterplot is visually indicating a “might be monotonic, might be linear” relationship, our best bet would be to apply Spearman and not Pearson.

## Why would you use Spearmans rank?

The Spearmans Rank Correlation Coefficient is used to discover the strength of a link between two sets of data. This example looks at the strength of the link between the price of a convenience item (a 50cl bottle of water) and distance from the Contemporary Art Museum in El Raval, Barcelona.

## When should I use Spearman correlation?

Use Spearman rank correlation when you have two ranked variables, and you want to see whether the two variables covary; whether, as one variable increases, the other variable tends to increase or decrease.

## When can I use Pearson correlation?

Pearsons correlation should be used only when there is a linear relationship between variables. It can be a positive or negative relationship, as long as it is significant. Correlation is used for testing in Within Groups studies.

## How do you interpret a Spearman correlation?

If Y tends to increase when X increases, the Spearman correlation coefficient is positive. If Y tends to decrease when X increases, the Spearman correlation coefficient is negative. A Spearman correlation of zero indicates that there is no tendency for Y to either increase or decrease when X increases.

## What is the meaning of a Spearman?

: a person armed with a spear.

## What is a good Spearman correlation?

The Spearman correlation coefficient, rs, can take values from +1 to -1. A rs of +1 indicates a perfect association of ranks, a rs of zero indicates no association between ranks and a rs of -1 indicates a perfect negative association of ranks. The closer rs is to zero, the weaker the association between the ranks.

## How do you interpret the Spearman correlation p value?

A p-value close to 1 suggests no correlation other than due to chance and that your null hypothesis assumption is correct. If your p-value is close to 0, the observed correlation is unlikely to be due to chance and there is a very high probability that your null hypothesis is wrong.

## How do you interpret Spearman correlation?

If Y tends to increase when X increases, the Spearman correlation coefficient is positive. If Y tends to decrease when X increases, the Spearman correlation coefficient is negative. A Spearman correlation of zero indicates that there is no tendency for Y to either increase or decrease when X increases.

## Which correlation is the strongest?

According to the rule of correlation coefficients, the strongest correlation is considered when the value is closest to +1 (positive correlation) or -1 (negative correlation). A positive correlation coefficient indicates that the value of one variable depends on the other variable directly.

## How do you interpret a Pearson correlation?

Degree of correlation:Perfect: If the value is near ± 1, then it said to be a perfect correlation: as one variable increases, the other variable tends to also increase (if positive) or decrease (if negative).High degree: If the coefficient value lies between ± 0.50 and ± 1, then it is said to be a strong correlation.

## What does a positive Spearman correlation mean?

A positive Spearman correlation coefficient corresponds to an increasing monotonic trend between X and Y. A negative Spearman correlation coefficient corresponds to a decreasing monotonic trend between X and Y.