[R] correlation and causality examples

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Sat Nov 15 17:10:00 CET 2003

On Sat, Nov 15, 2003 at 03:49:29PM +0100, Jean lobry wrote:
> BTW, does someone know where to find the data of this example
> of a high correlation between beer drinking in the US and children
> mortality in japan (or something like that, I'm unsure, I have
> googled around with these keywords but found nothing) ?

IIRC someone did a paper a few ago correlating "everything" in a OECD or
World Bank database of macroeconomic variables... and found something like
milk production in Indonesia to be a perfect predictor for subsequent SP500

The point was, of course, to show the fallacy in such 'data mining'.  I wish
I had the original reference.


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