# The Correlation Coefficient as a Slope

- Author:
- Steve Phelps

- Topic:
- Correlation

Before we explore the original problem further, let's examine some other interpretations of the correlation coefficient.
In the applet below, points A, B, C, D, and E have the correlation shown and are best modeled by the

**blue least squares regression line**.. Points A', B', C', D', and E' are the**Standardized Points**(the coordinates are z-scores). The equation of the LSRL that best fits these points is a line through the origin (a direct variation) with a slope equal to the correlation coefficient.