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Basic Statistics: Reciprocal Variable Better Fit?

  1. Nov 29, 2013 #1

    I have some data that I am looking into correlation factors (Pearson). Let's say I have two data sets: X and Y. I have Graph X vs. Y then graph 1/X vs. Y. The reciprocal (1/X) yields a more linear relationship. Why does this occur?

    Thanks in advance!
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  3. Nov 29, 2013 #2


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    Maybe your data has roughly Y~1/X?
    Why do you expect a linear relationship at all?
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