# How do I find and interpret the linear correlation coefficient?

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#### Answer:

See explanation. I would suggest that you look it up in a book. Dictionary of mathematics perhaps.

#### Explanation:

This is one of those questions that is rather like: "how long is a piece of string".

It all depends on the structure of the relationship which has many variations. So it is hard to give a definitive answer.

Linea points to a fixed value coefficient.

By example:

Let the independent variable be

Let the dependant variable be

Let the correlation coefficient be

Then we have the general form of;

To find the value of

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Again this is dependant on context. Basically it fixes the major relationship between the dependant and independent variables.

It could be described as a conversion factor