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__Data details__

**Kobe Bryant's total free throw count in NBA regular season**

**Source:**NBA

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**Kobe Bryant's total free throw count in NBA regular season****Democrat votes for Senators in Tennessee**

**Detailed data title:**Total number of votes cast for Federal Democrat Senate candidates in Tennessee

**Source:**MIT Election Data and Science Lab, Harvard Dataverse

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**Democrat votes for Senators in Tennessee****Correlation r = 0.9798974**(Pearson correlation coefficient)

Correlation is a measure of how much the variables move together. If it is 0.99, when one goes up the other goes up. If it is 0.02, the connection is very weak or non-existent. If it is -0.99, then when one goes up the other goes down. If it is 1.00, you probably messed up your correlation function.

**r**(Coefficient of determination)

^{2}= 0.9601990This means

**96%**of the change in the one variable

*(i.e., Democrat votes for Senators in Tennessee)*is predictable based on the change in the other

*(i.e., Kobe Bryant's total free throw count in NBA regular season)*over the 6 years from 1997 through 2014.

**p < 0.01,**which is statistically significant(Null hypothesis significance test)

The

*p*-value is 0.000602. 0.0006021080744481631000000000

The

*p*-value is a measure of how probable it is that we would randomly find a result this extreme. More specifically the

*p*-value is a measure of how probable it is that we would randomly find a result this extreme

**if we had only tested one pair of variables one time**.

But I am a p-villain. I absolutely did

**not**test only one pair of variables one time. I correlated hundreds of millions of pairs of variables. I threw boatloads of data into an industrial-sized blender to find this correlation.

Who is going to stop me?

*p*-value reporting doesn't require me to report how many calculations I had to go through in order to find a low

*p*-value!

On average, you will find a correaltion as strong as 0.98 in 0.0602% of random cases. Said differently, if you correlated 1,661 random variables Which I absolutely did.

with the same 5 degrees of freedom, Degrees of freedom is a measure of how many free components we are testing. In this case it is

**5**because we have two variables measured over a period of

**6 years**. It's just the number of years minus ( the number of variables minus one ), which in this case simplifies to

**the number of years minus one**.

you would randomly expect to find a correlation as strong as this one.

**[ 0.82, 1 ] 95% correlation confidence interval**(using the Fisher z-transformation)

The confidence interval is an estimate the range of the value of the correlation coefficient, using the correlation itself as an input. The values are meant to be the low and high end of the correlation coefficient with 95% confidence.

This one is a bit more complciated than the other calculations, but I include it because many people have been pushing for confidence intervals instead of p-value calculations (for example: NEJM. However, if you are dredging data, you can reliably find yourself in the 5%. That's my goal!

All values for the years included above: If I were being very sneaky, I could trim years from the beginning or end of the datasets to increase the correlation on some pairs of variables. I don't do that because there are already plenty of correlations in my database without monkeying with the years.

Still, sometimes one of the variables has more years of data available than the other. This page only shows the overlapping years. To see all the years, click on "See what else correlates with..." link above.

2000 | 2002 | 2006 | 2008 | 2012 | 2014 | |

Kobe Bryant's total free throw count in NBA regular season (Free throws) | 331 | 488 | 696 | 623 | 381 | 18 |

Democrat votes for Senators in Tennessee (Total votes) | 621152 | 728232 | 879976 | 767236 | 705882 | 437848 |

__Why this works__

**Data dredging:**I have 25,153 variables in my database. I compare all these variables against each other to find ones that randomly match up. That's 632,673,409 correlation calculations! This is called “data dredging.” Instead of starting with a hypothesis and testing it, I instead abused the data to see what correlations shake out. It’s a dangerous way to go about analysis, because any sufficiently large dataset will yield strong correlations completely at random.**Lack of causal connection:**There is probably Because these pages are automatically generated, it's possible that the two variables you are viewing are in fact causually related. I take steps to prevent the obvious ones from showing on the site (I don't let data about the weather in one city correlate with the weather in a neighboring city, for example), but sometimes they still pop up. If they are related, cool! You found a loophole.

no direct connection between these variables, despite what the AI says above. This is exacerbated by the fact that I used "Years" as the base variable. Lots of things happen in a year that are not related to each other! Most studies would use something like "one person" in stead of "one year" to be the "thing" studied.**Observations not independent:**For many variables, sequential years are not independent of each other. If a population of people is continuously doing something every day, there is no reason to think they would suddenly*change*how they are doing that thing on January 1. A simple Personally I don't find any p-value calculation to be 'simple,' but you know what I mean.

*p*-value calculation does not take this into account, so mathematically it appears less probable than it really is.**Very low**There are not many data points included in this analysis. Even if the p-value is high, we should be suspicious of using so few datapoints in a correlation.*n*:**Y-axis doesn't start at zero:**I truncated the Y-axes of the graph above. I also used a line graph, which makes the visual connection stand out more than it deserves. Nothing against line graphs. They are great at telling a story when you have linear data! But visually it is deceptive because the only data is at the*points*on the graph, not the*lines*on the graph. In between each point, the data could have been doing anything. Like going for a random walk by itself!

Mathematically what I showed is true, but it is intentionally misleading. Below is the same chart but with both Y-axes starting at zero.

__Try it yourself__

You can calculate the values on this page on your own! Try running the Python code to see the calculation results.
**Step 1:**Download and install Python on your computer.

**Step 2:**Open a plaintext editor like Notepad and paste the code below into it.

**Step 3:**Save the file as "calculate_correlation.py" in a place you will remember, like your desktop. Copy the file location to your clipboard. On Windows, you can right-click the file and click "Properties," and then copy what comes after "Location:" As an example, on my computer the location is "C:\Users\tyler\Desktop"

**Step 4:**Open a command line window. For example, by pressing start and typing "cmd" and them pressing enter.

**Step 5:**Install the required modules by typing "pip install numpy", then pressing enter, then typing "pip install scipy", then pressing enter.

**Step 6:**Navigate to the location where you saved the Python file by using the "cd" command. For example, I would type "cd C:\Users\tyler\Desktop" and push enter.

**Step 7:**Run the Python script by typing "python calculate_correlation.py"

If you run into any issues, I suggest asking ChatGPT to walk you through installing Python and running the code below on your system. Try this question:

*"Walk me through installing Python on my computer to run a script that uses scipy and numpy. Go step-by-step and ask me to confirm before moving on. Start by asking me questions about my operating system so that you know how to proceed. Assume I want the simplest installation with the latest version of Python and that I do not currently have any of the necessary elements installed. Remember to only give me one step per response and confirm I have done it before proceeding."*

```
# These modules make it easier to perform the calculation
import numpy as np
from scipy import stats
# We'll define a function that we can call to return the correlation calculations
def calculate_correlation(array1, array2):
# Calculate Pearson correlation coefficient and p-value
correlation, p_value = stats.pearsonr(array1, array2)
# Calculate R-squared as the square of the correlation coefficient
r_squared = correlation**2
return correlation, r_squared, p_value
# These are the arrays for the variables shown on this page, but you can modify them to be any two sets of numbers
array_1 = np.array([331,488,696,623,381,18,])
array_2 = np.array([621152,728232,879976,767236,705882,437848,])
array_1_name = "Kobe Bryant's total free throw count in NBA regular season"
array_2_name = "Democrat votes for Senators in Tennessee"
# Perform the calculation
print(f"Calculating the correlation between {array_1_name} and {array_2_name}...")
correlation, r_squared, p_value = calculate_correlation(array_1, array_2)
# Print the results
print("Correlation Coefficient:", correlation)
print("R-squared:", r_squared)
print("P-value:", p_value)
```

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