Differentiate between Strong vs weak correlations?

Strong vs. Weak Correlations

Correlations can be confusing, and many people equate positive with strong and negative with weak. A relationship between two variables can be negative, but that doesn’t mean that the relationship isn’t strong.

A weak positive correlation indicates that, although both variables tend to go up in response to one another, the relationship is not very strong. A strong negative correlation, on the other hand, indicates a strong connection between the two variables, but that one goes up whenever the other one goes down.

For example, a correlation of -0.97 is a strong negative correlation, whereas a correlation of 0.10 indicates a weak positive correlation. A correlation of +0.10 is weaker than -0.74, and a correlation of -0.98 is stronger than +0.79.

The sign of the linear correlation coefficient indicates the direction of the linear relationship between x and y. When r (the correlation coefficient) is near 1 or −1, the linear relationship is strong; when it is near 0, the linear relationship is weak.