Calculation for the Test of the Difference

Between Two Dependent Correlations

with One Variable in Common

Between Two Dependent Correlations

with One Variable in Common

© 2010-2024,

Kristopher J. Preacher

Kristopher J. Preacher

Calculation for the test of the difference between two dependent correlations with one variable in common

Ihno A. Lee (*Stanford University*)

Kristopher J. Preacher (*Vanderbilt University*)

This web utility may be cited in APA style in the following manner:

Lee, I. A., & Preacher, K. J. (2013, September). Calculation for the test of the difference between two dependent correlations with one variable in common [Computer software]. Available from http://quantpsy.org.

This interactive calculator yields the result of a test of the equality of two correlation coefficients obtained from the same sample, with the two correlations sharing one variable in common. The result is a *z*-score which may be compared in a 1-tailed or 2-tailed fashion to the unit normal distribution. By convention, values greater than |1.96| are considered significant if a 2-tailed test is performed.

First, each correlation coefficient is converted into a *z*-score using Fisher's *r*-to-*z* transformation. Then, we make use of Steiger's (1980) Equations 3 and 10 to compute the asymptotic covariance of the estimates. These quantities are used in an asymptotic *z*-test.

Enter the two correlation coefficients to be compared (r_{jk} and r_{jh}), along with the correlation of the unshared variables (r_{kh}) and the sample size, into the boxes below. Then click on "calculate." The *p*-values associated with both a 1-tailed and 2-tailed test will be displayed in the "*p*" boxes.

Steiger, J. H. (1980). Tests for comparing elements of a correlation matrix. *Psychological Bulletin*, *87*, 245-251.

Original version posted September, 2013. Free JavaScripts provided by The JavaScript Source and John C. Pezzullo.