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March 29th, 2018, 06:24 PM  #1 
Member Joined: Mar 2017 From: Israel Posts: 70 Thanks: 2  Statistics
Hello Can you help me please about the next exercise: For 25 students, math scores and physics scores were recorded, the average of the two exams was identical, which is 75, and the standard deviation of the two exams was identical too, which is 12. What is the value of pearson correlation coefficient? (if it exists). I tried to find it, but I did not succeed. In my opinion  it doesn't exist, because I don't have enough data from the question. I'm not sure, it's just my opinion, maybe I'm missing something. Thanks! 
March 30th, 2018, 09:08 AM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2015 From: USA Posts: 1,976 Thanks: 1026 
You aren't told, and there is no way of determining, whether the two scores are independent. If they are independent the correlation coefficient is zero as $E[P M] = E[P]E[M]$ Without having you hands on the joint distribution in some form you can't compute the correlation. 
March 30th, 2018, 09:57 AM  #3  
Member Joined: Mar 2017 From: Israel Posts: 70 Thanks: 2  Quote:
I understood the word, but i didn't understand what did you mean.  
March 30th, 2018, 10:11 AM  #4  
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2015 From: USA Posts: 1,976 Thanks: 1026  Quote:
I don't know how this is possible. Revisit your text. Independence of random variables is a fundamental concept.  
March 30th, 2018, 10:25 AM  #5  
Member Joined: Mar 2017 From: Israel Posts: 70 Thanks: 2  Quote:
But why the answer is 0?  
March 30th, 2018, 01:37 PM  #6 
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