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    David Jarman

    (or should mean) Pearson's 'r', not r^2. r^2 will be much smaller, and indicates the proportion of the variance in the dependent variable explained by the independent variable.

    So a correlation of 0.59 for proportion of renters means that about R^2 = 35% of the total variance of the Congressional vote is explained by this variable. That is a huge deal; it makes a big difference. Effects this strong are highly significant. So I disagree with the thrust of your comment, in addition to the fact that you confuse r and r^2.

    Mark E. Miller // Kalamazoo Township Trustee // MI 6th District Democratic Chair

    by memiller on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 06:06:15 PM PDT

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