[R] correlation

stephen sefick ssefick at gmail.com
Thu Oct 16 15:24:52 CEST 2008

This may be incorrect, but couldn't you just assign a number to the
ratings 1:4 and then scatterplot them agianst N (x-axis).  Or you may
want to plot boxplots of N by water quality ratings.  If these are
water quality ratings derived from aquatic macroinvertebrates and you
have access to the actual count information (reguardless of taxanomic
level) you may want to consider some ordination techniques to see if
there is an ecological gradient underlying your taxa information.
hope this helps and good luck


On Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 9:05 AM, kdebusk <kdebusk at gmail.com> wrote:
> What test do I use to determine if there is a correlation between a
> discrete variable and a continuous variable?
> For example - I have water quality ratings for streams (excellent,
> good, fair, poor) and a corresponding nitrogen concentration for each
> rating. I want to know if the the ratings correlate with the
> concentration of nitrogen in the stream.
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Stephen Sefick
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Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy

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