Word Association: Common and Original Response

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Science  01 Feb 1963:
Vol. 139, Issue 3553, pp. 415
DOI: 10.1126/science.139.3553.415


The scoring of popular responses in the word-association test provides only a fair estimate of the number of original responses. The magnitude of the relationship between popular and original responses will be overestimated unless one employs a correction for the constraint imposed by one score on the other. Two methods of correcting for the lack of independence between the numbers of popular and of original responses are described.