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The association between any two events can be measured statistically in terms of a correlation. For events over time, it's a regression. Any events can be correlated, but may or may not truly related. In scientific studies, one hopes to develop correlated events into events in which one causes the other by removing error, but that concept is somewhat slippery.

For example, we know that increases in global temperature are associated with increased CO2 in the atmosphere, but we can't show a clear causal relationship. The correlation between these events is far above zero (pure chance), but less than a true causal relationship (100% positive association). In other words, the correlation between the events is increasing, the regression over years is positive. If we compare the calculated correlation with chance, it reaches a point where we must reject chance as an explanation. The slope of a regression line is clearly rising. We say that CO2 is forcing increases in temperature--but not causing the increase.

IMO, that statistical language captures what you are saying about synchronicities: the likelihood of the association between the events is too strong to be reasonably explained by chance. The strength of the association is the square of the correlation coefficient. In practical terms, that means an association with 25% strength is interesting, and over 50% may be forcing.

I think that's a better way of saying it than an odds ratio.


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synchronicity explained? 2284 jazzmumbles 22-Sep-18 00:09
Re: synchronicity explained? 430 D-Archer 22-Sep-18 18:59
Re: synchronicity explained? 391 Itatw70s 24-Sep-18 11:53
Re: synchronicity explained? 373 D-Archer 24-Sep-18 12:47
Re: synchronicity explained? 374 Itatw70s 24-Sep-18 13:56
Re: synchronicity explained? 375 Susan Doris 26-Sep-18 04:57
Re: synchronicity explained? 363 D-Archer 26-Sep-18 08:37
Re: synchronicity explained? 365 Susan Doris 26-Sep-18 12:01
Re: synchronicity explained? 369 Eddie Larry 26-Sep-18 14:10
Re: synchronicity explained? 352 PB Bytes 27-Sep-18 16:16
Re: synchronicity explained? 338 Eddie Larry 27-Sep-18 16:28
Re: synchronicity explained? 347 PB Bytes 27-Sep-18 17:00
Re: synchronicity explained? 366 Eddie Larry 27-Sep-18 19:56
Re: synchronicity explained? 332 PB Bytes 27-Sep-18 20:30
show us more "patterns" like this... 373 PB Bytes 27-Sep-18 16:58
Re: synchronicity explained? 335 Susan Doris 28-Sep-18 13:56
Re: synchronicity explained? 324 PB Bytes 28-Sep-18 15:25
Re: synchronicity explained? 322 Eddie Larry 28-Sep-18 20:37
Re: synchronicity explained? 315 PB Bytes 28-Sep-18 21:07
Re: synchronicity explained? 323 Susan Doris 29-Sep-18 05:40
The statistics of synchronicities--in science 307 drrayeye 29-Sep-18 14:12
Re: The statistics of synchronicities--in science 309 PB Bytes 29-Sep-18 15:56
Re: The statistics of synchronicities--in science 306 drrayeye 29-Sep-18 19:32
Questions on synchronicities and statistical science 318 PB Bytes 30-Sep-18 18:13
Some possibilities 304 drrayeye 01-Oct-18 09:53
Deconstructing one sync. 322 PB Bytes 01-Oct-18 18:08
Re: Deconstructing one sync. 302 drrayeye 01-Oct-18 19:09
Re: Deconstructing one sync. 307 PB Bytes 01-Oct-18 20:24
Re: Deconstructing one sync. 312 drrayeye 02-Oct-18 00:41
Re: Deconstructing one sync. 318 PB Bytes 02-Oct-18 02:34
Research design 307 drrayeye 02-Oct-18 04:12
Re: Research design 300 PB Bytes 02-Oct-18 04:18
Framing.. Research design 304 PB Bytes 02-Oct-18 20:50
Re: Framing.. Research design 304 PB Bytes 02-Oct-18 23:21
Re: Framing.. Research design 321 Susan Doris 03-Oct-18 04:56
a study of coincidences 296 drrayeye 03-Oct-18 13:24
Re: a study of coincidences 299 Susan Doris 03-Oct-18 15:25
Your scepticism antennae 313 drrayeye 03-Oct-18 19:33
Re: Framing.. Research design 316 PB Bytes 03-Oct-18 16:16
Re: Framing.. Research design 319 Susan Doris 04-Oct-18 07:17
Re: Framing.. Research design 307 PB Bytes 04-Oct-18 15:10
Re: Framing.. Research design 311 Susan Doris 04-Oct-18 17:07
Re: Framing.. Research design 305 PB Bytes 04-Oct-18 17:37
true randomness 320 drrayeye 04-Oct-18 17:53
Re: true randomness 502 PB Bytes 04-Oct-18 19:26
a scientific alternative to dismissive debunking 313 drrayeye 29-Sep-18 21:28
Re: a scientific alternative to dismissive debunking 318 Susan Doris 30-Sep-18 05:06
I didn't write this post for you, 310 drrayeye 30-Sep-18 06:05
Re: I didn't write this post for you, 307 Eddie Larry 30-Sep-18 13:47
Re: a scientific alternative to dismissive debunking 310 drrayeye 30-Sep-18 08:50
Re: a scientific alternative to dismissive debunking 310 Susan Doris 30-Sep-18 10:27
Re: a scientific alternative to dismissive debunking 320 Eddie Larry 30-Sep-18 14:07
Re: a scientific alternative to dismissive debunking 317 Susan Doris 30-Sep-18 15:10
Re: a scientific alternative to dismissive debunking 319 Eddie Larry 30-Sep-18 17:09
Re: a scientific alternative to dismissive debunking 311 PB Bytes 01-Oct-18 19:05
Scientific thinking 331 drrayeye 30-Sep-18 16:43
Re: synchronicity explained? 376 jazzmumbles 26-Sep-18 15:24

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