Linear-Non linear Correlation

Linear Correlation:

Correlation is said to be linear if the ratio of change is constant. The amount of output in a factory is doubled by doubling the number of workers is the example of linear correlation.

In other words it can be defined as if all the points on the scatter diagram tends to lie near a line which are look like a straight line, the correlation is said to be linear, as shown in the figure.

Non Linear (Curvilinear) Correlation:

Correlation is said to be non linear if the ratio of change is not constant. In other words it can be defined as if all the points on the scatter diagram tends to lie near a smooth curve, the correlation is said to be non linear (curvilinear), as shown in the figure.

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