@SarahofGaia was asking a similar question in 2015 but it doesn't seem to have been answered despite the feed being closed.

"Relationships between nodes vary. Those that are correlated but not______ are represented here..."

I'm looking for a single word that signifies that multiple nodes are related but not by way of cause and effect.


  • Please link the related question asked by @sarahofgaia.
    – user140086
    Jul 15, 2016 at 7:40

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At the risk of picking the bones of SarahofGaia's questioncausally related and causally linked seem to be what you want:


    relating to or showing the cause of something  /  making something happen : causing something
  • Hi @scott, thanks for your response. Causally related/linked will work. Just to clarify, there isn't a single word to express this?
    – SJK
    Jul 15, 2016 at 4:53
  • I can't think of one.  Let's give the community a couple of days and see whether they come up with anything. Jul 15, 2016 at 4:57
  • @SJK "Causal" is a single word and personally I think this is the best answer. Correlation/Causation are common words in statistics. If your audience understands stats then "causal" will be perfectly clear. To add, "causally related/linked" is redundant, as "causal" already implies a relationship. Jul 15, 2016 at 14:52
  • @ChristopherD: So you believe that the single word "causal" is appropriate in contexts like "Diet and health are causal." or "Tobacco use and cancer are causal."? Jul 15, 2016 at 17:18
  • @scott, in the context of statistics, yes. It's more often termed "causality" in stats so I would reword "...but do not represent causality." But I do think "causal" would be acceptable, just a bit awkward. Jul 15, 2016 at 17:48

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