Simulating Pearson's and Spearman's Correlations in Q-Sorts Using Excel: A Simulation Proof of A Widely Believed Result

K. S. Alberts, B. E. Ankenman

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Abstract

A widely believed result about Q-sorts is shown by simulation; namely, that the hard-to-compute but statistically correct Spearman’s ranked correlation, rs, may be substituted by the more common Pearson’s r correlation. Recent versions of Microsoft Excel are excellent for reasonably sized simulations, especially those used in classroom settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-226
JournalSocial Science Computer Review
Volume19
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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