To prove that correlation between two variables does not necessarily mean that one causes the other, Tyler Vigen has created a series of comical charts that show “spurious correlations.”
A spurious correlation occurs when two things — like the rising divorce rate in Maine and the state’s plummeting margarine consumption — appear related, but in reality are not.
Check out a few of our favourite charts below, then head over to Vigen’s website to see the rest. Make of these what you will.
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