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My opponent is confusing correlation with causation. Just because kids who play violent video games are also more likely to behave violently, doesn’t mean the video games cause the violence.
  a relationship between two (or more) things such that one can be predicted from the other
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correlate correlation correlated correlates correlating correlator
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  • My opponent is confusing correlation with causation. Just because kids who play violent video games are also more likely to behave violently, doesn’t mean the video games cause the violence.
  • It’s easy to correlate diet and exercise with obesity, but it’s harder to identify the underlying psychology.
  • Most of the children in the study became successful enough—bankers and doctors and lawyers and college professors—but almost none of them turned out to be real geniuses, and there was little correlation between a really high IQ and making a significant contribution to the world.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Everything Stewart sees is correlated with the rest of the video we have, and it helps map the world and everything in it.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • The correlation between expectation and delivery of desire could no doubt be quantified into some kind of mathematical formula.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • As I pinned them up on the bulletin board, I couldn’t help but notice there was some correlation between those who could not draw and those who could not write.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It is not fortuitous therefore that the inflammatory promise she has been able to extend to me through that hyperactive organ of hers finds a correlation in the equally inflammatory but utterly spurious words she loves to speak.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • While that is intriguing, correlation does not constitute evidence.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • I reminded him of those two correlating facts, and all three of my teammates started laughing.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "The correlation of the transcendental to the purely spatial in the building under discussion is entirely screwy," he said.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • The correlation between this symbol and the sacred feminine is widely known by art historians and symbologists.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It seemed there was always close correlation between true believers and high body counts.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The connection between relative age and suicide, however, isn’t nearly as pronounced as the correlation between birth date and athletic success.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • His mood seemed to improve in exact correlation to Bella’s health.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • This process correlates with the age of a person: the older we are, the shorter our telomeres, and the fewer times our cells have left to divide before they die.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • And then we correlate that with their actual behavior—and the correlation is zero.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • If we have a large range of examples, if our observation is constantly directed to seeking the correlation of cause and effect in people’s actions, their actions appear to us more under compulsion and less free the more correctly we connect the effects with the causes.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • So what does correlate with brain size?
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • I had spent weeks at work, studying, correlating statistics, going through reports, none of which actually help to reveal the truth of what it is like to be discriminated against.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • "Did you ever hear the like?" said Mrs. Kimble, laughing above her double chin with much good-humour, aside to Mrs. Crackenthorp, who blinked and nodded, and seemed to intend a smile, which, by the correlation of forces, went off in small twitchings and noises.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • We’ve set up a national center to receive and correlate information.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • The example demonstrates that Aristotle’s logic was based on the correlation of terms, in this case "living creature" and "mortal."
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But having pried Mark’s score from him, Cedric is anxious to round out a random sampling-to get some numerical comparisons to correlate with what he sees exhibited all around him in language, dress, and general worldliness.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Romantic Quality always correlated with instantaneous impressions.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • There had never been so many amateur scientists gathering facts for their own amusement-but there were few theoreticians correlating these facts.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • I could chart the rise and fall of Moody’s craziness over the past eight years of our marriage and correlate it with his professional troubles and even date certain peaks and valleys tied to unforeseen political events.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • To begin with, Asa Griffiths, the father, was one of those poorly integrated and correlated organisms, the product of an environment and a religious theory, but with no guiding or mental insight of his own, yet sensitive and therefore highly emotional and without any practical sense whatsoever.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Though Eve failed to see the correlation, she remembered her job and nodded.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Mr. Walker: We found very little correlation between turnover and profitability ….
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • They can correlate the samples with their locations later.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • And now try to imagine that sort of answer from a man—forgive me for correlating the two.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • On each wrist was a gold watch, and the boy kept glancing at them as if to correlate time.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • But all the other cowboys regarded Link and his machine as some correlated species of demon.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • The Officials in our new village checked my data; it correlated with my parents’ statement.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Your English will improve very quickly as your brain begins to correlate it with your native language.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • And there’s no direct time correlation.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • There’s no way to trace it, unless you want to follow up an accidental correlation, like you got from the old man.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Then I correlate our arrival in the Past so that we meet the Monster not more than two minutes before he would have died anyway.
    Ray Bradbury  --  A Sound of Thunder
  • There’s a strong correlation between countries where women are marginalized and countries with high maternal mortality.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • It’s actually more about me, and an incident that you might find correlates with what you’re feeling right now.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • We correlate high discharge events with the particular items that caused them and then we design our products and packaging accordingly.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Soon—minutes—he would have every fact correlated with everything else he knows, discrepancies noted, probability values assigned to uncertainties.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • She sat at the alert all the way at Daddy’s side as he drove, correlating the AAA Blue Book and the speedometer, often with the baby on her lap.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • Marley was able to clear an entire room with his silent, deadly flatulence, which seemed to increase in direct correlation to the number of dinner guests we had in our home.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • But just because two things are correlated does not mean that one causes the other.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The study had shown a direct correlation between beauty and eye contact: the infants stared longer at the attractive women, suggesting that people’s perceptions of beauty were instinctive.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • One begins to suspect at length that there is no direct correlation between eyelashes and morals; or else, that the eyelashes express the disposition of the fair one’s grandmother, which is on the whole less important to us.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Comparing the rising levels of arsenic with diary entries made by Baker’s wife, Neff noted a correlation with visits from Wally Pollack, Baker’s brother-in-law, who was in the habit of bringing imported German beer to Baker’s house whenever he came calling.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • …of internship, when the thrills of fires and floods and murder became as obvious a routine as bookkeeping, when he had seen the strangely few ways in which mankind can contrive to injure themselves and slaughter one another, when it was merely wearing to have to live up to the pretentiousness of being The Doctor, Martin tried to satisfy and perhaps kill his guilty scientific lust by voluntary scrabbling about the hospital laboratory, correlating the blood counts in pernicious anemia.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Matthew continues, "The only problem with the genetic tracker is that being aware during simulations and resisting serums doesn’t necessarily mean that a person is Divergent, it’s just a strong correlation.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
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