What is a positive linear relationship?

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A positive linear relationship is a form of linear relationship in which increases in the values of the first variable are accompanied by increases in the values of the second variable.

Example / Application

Example: Positive linear relationship

Application: As seen in the scatter plot image, the relationship shows a positive linear relationship. An example of a positive relationship to go with this image would be the attendance of people to a club and the number of drinks consumed. If more people attend the club, more drinks will be consumed, therefore demonstrating a positive relationship because both values will increase.


Lammers, W. J., and Badia, P. (2005). Fundamental of Behavioral Research. California: Thomson and Wadsworth.

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