Welcome to the Society for the Suppression of the Correlation Coefficient

Most of what is known about the history Society for the Suppression of the Correlation Coefficient comes from a few remarks by John Wilder Tukey (Tukey, 1954) who wrote that he was “an early member of [Charles P. Winsor’s] informal society for the suppression of correlation coefficients – whose guiding principle is most correlation coefficients should never be calculated.” Charles P. Winsor was an important influence on Tukey and best known in statistics for the form of sample of trimming known as winsorising.

The aim of this blog is to further the aims of the society and educate about the dangers of unfettered application of the correlation coefficient. I like to think that this follows the spirit of the original informal society by spreading a serious message in a gently humourous way.


Tukey, J. W. (1954). Causation, regression and path analysis. In O. Kempthorne, T. A. Bancroft, J. W. Gowen & J. L. Lush (Eds.), Statistics and mathematics in biology (pp. 35-66). Ames, IA: Iowa State College Press.