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Author twolodzko rhettinger, steven.daprano, twolodzko 2019-10-16.09:25:15 -1.0 Yes <20191016084701.GD11150@ando.pearwood.info>
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```In case there is agreement with Steven, I will add simple linear regression
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_linear_regression ) in the same PR,
since it is just:

slope = correlation(x, y) * ( stdev(y) / stdev(x) )
intercept = mean(y) - slope * mean(x)

As about covariance, I see your points, but why not keeping it "because we
can"? It can be useful for some users and the functionality still needs to
be implemented to have correlation coefficient.

On Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 10:47 AM Steven D'Aprano <report@bugs.python.org>
wrote:

>
> Steven D'Aprano <steve+python@pearwood.info> added the comment:
>
> I can't speak for other countries, but in Australia, secondary school
> mathematics teaches correlation coefficient and linear regression from
> Year 11 onwards (typically ages 16 or 17). Covariance is not itself
> taught, and as far as I can tell neither the TI-83 nor NSpire
> provides a built-in covariance command.
>
> On the other hand, other calculators such as the HP-48GX do.
>
> Oddly, Excel provides the population (not sample) covariance:
>
>
> https://support.office.com/en-us/article/COVARIANCE-P-function-6F0E1E6D-956D-4E4B-9943-CFEF0BF9EDFC
>
> OpenOffice and LibreOffice also provide a covariance function.
>
> I think that supporting correlation coefficient `r` and linear
> regression would be clear wins, from the perspective of secondary school
> maths. But as far as covariance goes, it would help convince me if you
>
> - evidence that covariance is taught in secondary schools, or at
>   least first year undergraduate statistics;
>
> - that it has use-cases beyond "helper for calculating r";
>
> - or that there is demand for it from people who want covariance
>   but can't, or don't want to, use numpy/scipy.
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