Association, correlation and causation

Ghent University
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 -
13:00 to 14:00

In everyday language, dependence, association and correlation are used interchangeably. Technically, however, association is synonymous with dependence and is different from correlation. Association is a very general relationship: one variable provides information about another. Correlation is more specific: two variables are correlated when they display an increasing or decreasing trend. Because not all associations are correlations and because causality can be connected only to association, we cannot equate correlation with causality in either direction.

This workshop aims to magnify the differences between these concepts. 


Free for everyone.


Date and venue

Wednesday November 23 (2016) from 13:00 to 14:00 at Ghent University, PC room Alan Turing (first floor), building S9, Campus Sterre, Krijgslaan 281 9000 Gent.



Emmanuel Abatih is a post-doctoral fellow at Ghent University and he works as a statistical consultant for FIRE and also as a statistical consultant for Stat-Gent Crescendo. He obtained a PhD in Life Sciences in 2008 at the University of Copenhagen on the topic: “Assessment of the impact of the non-human use of Antimicrobial Agents on the Selection, Transmission and Distribution of Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria” . He worked for the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, as a post doc assistant on topics including: space-time analysis, diagnostic test elevation, transmission dynamic modeling and risk analysis. He served as a statistical consultant for the TB, Malaria and Parasitology units of the ITM. He has supervised/co-supervised over 30 masters and 7 PhD students. He has experience with R, python, SATSCAN, SAS and STATA.



Ineke van Gremberghe is a post-doctoral fellow at Ghent University, where she coordinates the FLAMES project. She obtained a PhD in Biology in 2009 and a MSc in Statistical Data Analysis in 2016 at Ghent University, Faculty of Sciences. She has experience in data analysis of biological data using R for several years.

For whom: 

Everyone interested in this topic.


Basic statistical knowledge.

Basic Statistical Methods
Seminar: 1 hour with high frequency (weekly, two-weekly)
Emmanuel Abatih