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Rank Order Correlation

  1. Jeffrey D. Long

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0771

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Long, J. D. 2010. Rank Order Correlation. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Minnesota

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Rank order correlation is often used when researchers want to consider only the ordinal aspects of their data. This might be considered when researchers believe their data represent only ordinal aspects of the measurement constructs. There may also be statistical reasons, as when a researcher does not want to assume normality or believes that monotonicity as opposed to strict linearity is plausible.


  • correlation;
  • nonparametric methods;
  • rank order correlation;
  • statistics