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Correlation and convolution (function or number)

  1. Nov 23, 2011 #1

    I have a problem about correlation depending whether it it observed as a measurement of linear fit of statistical data, and when observed as a relationship between two continuous functions.

    Is a result of correlation a coefficient (Pearson's product-moment coefficient) or a function?
    If the correlation is a number, what information does a autocorrelation correlogram represent?

    And if correlation is a number, why is convolution a function then?

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  3. Nov 23, 2011 #2


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    A correlation is a relationship between a pair of random variables.

    If these are stand alone, it is a number.

    If the random variables are elements of a stochastic process, the the correlation will be a function of the parameters of the stochastic process.

    If the random variables are terms in the same stochastic process, then the correlation is an auto-correlation function.

    A convolution is a particular kind of integration process. The result may be a correlation, depending on what functions are involved.
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