95% significance: 0.377 99% significance: 0.534
For % of vegetation cover: +0.41 so there is a 95% certainty that it and distance from the sea are related.
For number of plant species: +0.47 so there is a 95% certainty but is more than vegetation cover
There is a moderate positive correlation.
Given that we had had 20 sites we can say with certainty that there is a 95% correlation between the variables. We can't be 99% sure.
- Tells whether direction of relationship is positive or negative
- Tells exactly the strength of the relationship unlike the scattergraph which only gives a general indication
- Correlation does not equal causation
- Simplistic technique
- Need at least 10 sets of data