One of our graduate student ask me on how he can check for correlated variables on his dataset. Using R, his problem can be done is three (3) ways. First, he can use the cor function of the stat package to calculate correlation coefficient between variables. Second, he can use functions such as pairs (graphics) to visually check possible correlated variables. Third, he can combine the first two approach following the example of vinux in stackoverflow or using ggpairs function of GGally package.
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