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    Proper Term for Related Variables in Regression

    The birth intervals are calving intervals for killer whales. Killer whales typically give birth to their first calf at 10-20 years of age and subsequently give birth to calves at 2-10 year intervals over about a 25 year reproductive lifespan. I was interested in whether calving rates slow...
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    Proper Term for Related Variables in Regression

    hlsmith, thank you for the prompt response. "Spurious" may be the proper term, but in my case the relationship isn't due to correlation with a third unidentified variable, but more of a mathematical artefact. I initially found (and published) a small but significant negative correlation...
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    Proper Term for Related Variables in Regression

    I am looking for the proper term for a regression/correlation that is artificially inflated due to the two variables being related by a common factor. I'm a biologist trying to determine if birth intervals increase with age. I initially fitted a regression between the birth interval and the...