Distinguish, differentiate, compare and explain what is the difference between Correlation and Regression. Comparison and Differences.

Difference between Correlation and Regression

1. Correlation is Symmetric whereas Regression is Directional.

2. In Correlation, it doesn’t matter which is on Y, which on X axis. We can chose n ‘objects’; measure (X,Y) on each. In Regression, it matters which is on Y, which on X axis. (We have to first choose n objects on basis of their X values; measure their Y; or choose objects, (as with correlation); measure (X,Y). Regard X value as ‘fixed’. Can be extended to non-straight line relationships. Can relate Y to multiple X variables.

3. Correlation is dimensionless i.e. it has no units and range between – 1 to + 1. Regression is DY/DX units e.g., Kg/cm.

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