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An example of nonsense correlation. If the number of gooseberry bushes in London gardens is plotted against the number of births in London in successive decades of the twentieth century, then the resulting graph is likely to show a strong positive nonsense correlation, since both are a reflection of increasing population size. In the same way, increases in births can be linked to the numbers of storks nesting on the rooftops of European cities.

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