A Knight-Ridder News Service article in an issue of the Wichita Eagle

| August 30, 2017

Question
A Knight-Ridder News Service article in an issue of the Wichita Eagle discussed a study on the relationship between country music and suicide. The results of the study, coauthored by S Stack and J. Gundlach, appeared as the paper “The Effect of Country Music on Suicide”. According to the article, “…analysis of 49 metropolitan areas shows that the greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate.” (Suicide rates in the black population were found to be uncorrelated with the amount of country music airtime.)

a. Use the terminology introduced in this section to describe the statement quoted above. (Linear correlation)

b. One of the conclusions stated in the journal was that country music “nurtures a suicide mood” by dwelling on marital status and alienation from work. Is this conclusion warranted solely on the basis of the positive correlation found between airtime devoted to country music and white suicide rate? Explain your answer.

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