# AQA A-level maths, statistics

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Hi. I am a pretty confused right now, regarding the topic of Correlation Coefficients. My [Hodder maths textbook](https://media.discordapp.net/attachm...291&height=375) explains how to find Spearman's rank correlation coefficient, and a product moment correlation coefficient (PMCC), also providing questions to find them. However I looked in my [CGP revision guide](https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/s...cAVH0&usqp=CAE) (both are for the new 2017 spec) says [this](https://scontent.fbhx2-1.fna.fbcdn.n...4d&oe=5D286830), 'you only need to interpret the values of r (not find it)' where r is the PMCC. So I looked in the [official AQA teaching guidance document](https://allaboutmaths.aqa.org.uk/attachments/9406.pdf) and it says [this](https://scontent.fbhx2-1.fna.fbcdn.n...6d&oe=5D1332F7), 'students will NOT be required to calculate a correlation coefficient'. So, from that I would just think that I won't bother learning this, and the formulae for it is also not in the AQA formula booklet. But today in maths at school we were taught how to find Spearman's rank correlation coefficient. I am so confused, please, if anyone knows, do we need to know these topics for AQA, or not?

Thanks.
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#2
(Original post by Al4stair)
Hi. I am a pretty confused right now, regarding the topic of Correlation Coefficients. My [Hodder maths textbook](https://media.discordapp.net/attachm...291&height=375) explains how to find Spearman's rank correlation coefficient, and a product moment correlation coefficient (PMCC), also providing questions to find them. However I looked in my [CGP revision guide](https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/s...cAVH0&usqp=CAE) (both are for the new 2017 spec) says [this](https://scontent.fbhx2-1.fna.fbcdn.n...4d&oe=5D286830), 'you only need to interpret the values of r (not find it)' where r is the PMCC. So I looked in the [official AQA teaching guidance document](https://allaboutmaths.aqa.org.uk/attachments/9406.pdf) and it says [this](https://scontent.fbhx2-1.fna.fbcdn.n...6d&oe=5D1332F7), 'students will NOT be required to calculate a correlation coefficient'. So, from that I would just think that I won't bother learning this, and the formulae for it is also not in the AQA formula booklet. But today in maths at school we were taught how to find Spearman's rank correlation coefficient. I am so confused, please, if anyone knows, do we need to know these topics for AQA, or not?

Thanks.
You only need to interpret the PMCC and don't need to know how to calculate it. And Spearman's rank is not part of the A Level Maths spec at all.

I don't know why these are in your textbook - maybe they're just giving you additional info that isn't in the exam? Always trust the official spec/teaching guidance over your textbook.
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(Original post by Notnek)
You only need to interpret the PMCC and don't need to know how to calculate it. And Spearman's rank is not part of the A Level Maths spec at all.

I don't know why these are in your textbook - maybe they're just giving you additional info that isn't in the exam? Always trust the official spec/teaching guidance over your textbook.
Okay. Thanks for the clarification.
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