Polychoric Correlation

When data is organized in the form of a contingency table where the two categorical independent variables (corresponding to the row and columns) are ordered, then we can calculate a polychoric correlation coefficient. This coefficient is an approximation to what the Pearson’s correlation coefficient would be if we had continuous data. For a 2 × 2 contingency table, the polychoric correlation coefficient is called the tetrachoric correlation coefficient.


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