Correlation does not imply causation


 
Name of fallacy Correlation does not imply causation
Aliases Cum hoc ergo propter hoc, with this therefore because of this
Type Inductive Logic Argument, Informal Argument
Description A phrase used in the sciences and the statistics to emphasize that correlation between two variables does not imply that one causes the other
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Treatment A correlation between two factors does not imply one caused the other. There may be another factor that caused both and hence cause the correlation. Dealt with by proposing causal mechanisms and experimentally testing them.