Could you please through two simple example show me the difference between these?

  1. a significant correlation between the occurrence of two phenomena (both phenomena generally occur together), or

  2. a temporal relationship between the two (one event occurred after another).



Two variables that change value together, either both in the same direction (positive c.) or in the opposite direction (negative c.).

  • When the temperature rises, more ice cream is sold. (positive correlation)
  • When the temperature rises, fewer winter coats are sold. (negative correlation).

Temporal relationship

A chain of events with event A being followed by event B

  • After finishing High School I started College.
  • First we get married, then we start a family.
  • The clouds are building up, there will soon be a thunderstorm.
  • Forgot one classic example for temporal: January, February, March,... – Stephie Jan 3 '15 at 18:42
  • Also, correlation is not causation. When the trees shake back and forth, the wind blows. (positive correlation, but the trees don't cause the wind.) – Jasper Mar 5 '15 at 0:03

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