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An old research cliche states that "correlation does not imply causation." While technically true, this clich might minimize the contributions of...

An old research cliche states that "correlation does not imply causation." While technically true, this cliché might minimize the contributions of correlations to future research. One major contribution of correlational research is that it provides clues or hints to guide formation of hypotheses and theories.  

For example:  Homicide rates and the rates of ice cream consumption are positively correlated.   

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