Labels for r

My final warning [in Chapter 3] concerns the labels that researchers attach to their correlation coefficients. There are no hard and fast rules that dictate when labels such as "strong" or "moderate" or "weak" should be used. In other words, there is subjectivity involved in deciding whether a given r is "high" or "low." Not surprisingly, researchers are sometimes biased (by how they wanted their results to turn out) when they select an adjective to describe their obtained rs. Being aware that this happens, you need to realize that you have the full right to look at a researcher's r and label it however you wish, even if your label is different from the researcher's.

(From Chapter 3, p. 72)

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