The application of association rule mining to classification has led to a new family of classifiers which are often referred to as "Associative Classifiers (ACs)". An advantage of ACs is that they are rule-based and thus lend themselves to an easier interpretation. Rule-based classifiers can play a very important role in applications such as medical diagnosis and fraud detection where "imbalanced data sets" are the norm and not the exception. The focus of this paper is to extend and modify ACs for classification on imbalanced data sets using only statistical techniques. We combine the use of statistically significant rules with a new measure, the Class Correlation Ratio (CCR), to build an AC which we call SPARCCC. Experiments show that in terms of classification quality, SPAR-CCC performs comparably on balanced datasets and outperforms other AC techniques on imbalanced data sets. It also has a significantly smaller rule base and is much more computationally efficient.