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Curvefitting Project – Linear Model (due at the end of Week 5)
Instructions
Forthisassignment,collectdataexhibitingarelativelylineartrend,findthelineofbestfit,plotthedataandtheline, interprettheslope,andusethelinearequationtomakeaprediction.Also,findr2(coefficientofdetermination)
andr(correlationcoefficient).Discussyourfindings.Yourtopicmaybethatisrelatedtosports,yourwork,ahobby, orsomethingyoufindinteresting.Ifyouchoose,youmayusethesuggestionsdescribedbelow.
A Linear Model Example and Technology Tips are provided in separate documents.
Tasks for Linear Regression Model (LR)
(LR1) Describe your topic, provide your data, and cite your source. Collect at least 8 data points. Label appropriately. (Highly recommended: Post this information in the Linear Model Project discussion as wellasinyourcompletedproject.Includeabriefinformativedescriptioninthetitleofyourposting.Each student must use differentdata.)
The idea with the discussion posting is twofold: (1) To share your interesting project idea with your classmates, and (2) To give me a chancetogiveyouabriefthumbsuporthumbsdownaboutyourproposedtopicanddata.Sometimesstudentsgetoffonthewrongfoot ormisunderstandtheintentoftheproject,andyourpostingprovidesanopportunityforsomefeedback.Remark:Studentsmaychoose similartopics,butmusthavedifferentdatasets.Forexample,severalstudentsmaybeinterestedinaparticularOlympicsport,and thatisfine,buttheymustcollectdifferentdata,perhapsfromdifferenteventsordifferentgender.
(LR2)Plotthepoints(x,y)toobtainascatterplot.Useanappropriatescaleonthehorizontalandverticalaxesand besuretolabelcarefully.Visuallyjudgewhetherthedatapointsexhibitarelativelylineartrend.(Ifso,proceed.Ifnot,tryadifferent topic or dataset.)
(LR3)Findthelineofbestfit(regressionline)andgraphitonthescatterplot.Statetheequationoftheline. (LR4)Statetheslopeofthelineofbestfit.Carefullyinterpretthemeaningoftheslopeinasentenceortwo.
(LR5)Findandstatethevalueofr2,thecoefficientofdetermination,andr,thecorrelationcoefficient.Discussyour findings in a few sentences. Is r positive or negative? Why? Is a line a good curve to fit to this data? Why or why not?Isthelinearrelationshipverystrong,moderatelystrong,weak,ornonexistent?
(LR6)Chooseavalueofinterestandusethelineofbestfittomakeanestimateorprediction.Showcalculation work.
(LR7)Writeabriefnarrativeofaparagraphortwo.Summarizeyourfindingsandbesuretomentionanyaspectof thelinearmodelproject(topic,data,scatterplot,line,r,orestimate,etc.)thatyoufoundparticularlyimportantor interesting.
You may submit all of your project in one document or a combination of documents, which may consist of word processingdocumentsorspreadsheetsorscannedhandwrittenwork,provideditisclearlylabeledwhereeachtask canbefound.Besuretoincludeyourname.Projectsaregradedonthebasisofcompleteness,correctness,easein locating all of the checklist items, and strength of the narrativeportions.
Here are some possible topics:
Choose an Olympic sport — an event that interests you. Go to http://www.databaseolympics.com/and collect data for winners in the event for at least 8 Olympic games (dating back to at least 1980). (Example: Winning times in Men’s 400 m dash). Make a quick plot for yourself to “eyeball” whether the data pointsexhibitarelativelylineartrend.(Ifso,proceed.Ifnot,tryadifferentevent.)Afteryoufindthelineofbestfit,useyourlinetomakeapredictionforthe next Olympics (2014 for a winter event, 2016 for a summer event).
Choose a particular type of food. (Examples: Fish sandwich at fastfood chains, cheese pizza, breakfast cereal) For at least 8 brands, look up the fat content andtheassociatedcalorietotalperserving.Makeaquickplotforyourselfto”eyeball”whetherthedataexhibitarelativelylineartrend.(Ifso,proceed.Ifnot,
tryadifferenttypeoffood.)Afteryoufindthelineofbestfit,useyourlinetomakeapredictioncorrespondingtoafatamountnotoccurringinyourdataset.) Alternative: Look up carbohydrate content and associated calorie total perserving.
Chooseasportthatparticularlyinterestsyouandfindtwovariablesthatmayexhibitalinearrelationship.Forinstance,foreachteamforaparticularseasonin baseball,findthetotalrunsscoredandthenumberofwins.Excellentwebsites:http://www.databasesports.com/andhttp://www.baseballreference.com/
(Sample) CurveFitting Project – Linear Model: Men’s 400MeterDash Submitted by SuzanneSands
(LR1) Purpose: To analyze the winning times for the Olympic Men’s 400 Meter Dash using a linear model
Data: The winning times were retrieved from http://www.databaseolympics.com/sport/sportevent.htm?sp=ATH&enum=130The winning times were gathered for the most recent 16 Summer Olympics, postWWII. (More data was available, back to 1896.)

DATA:
(LR2) SCATTERPLOT:
As one would expect, the winning times generally show a downward trend, as stronger competition and training methods result in faster speeds. The trend is somewhat linear.
(LR3)
Line of Best Fit (Regression Line)
y = 0.0431x + 129.84 where x = Year and y = Winning Time (in seconds)
(LR4) The slope is 0.0431 and is negative since the winning times are generally decreasing.
The slope indicates that in general, the winning time decreases by 0.0431 second a year, and so the winning time decreases at an average rate of 4(0.0431) = 0.1724 second each 4year Olympic interval.
(LR5) Values of r2 and r:
r2 = 0.6991
𝑟𝑟= −√0.6991 = −0.84
We know that the slope of the regression line is negative so the correlation coefficient r must be negative.
Recall that r = 1 corresponds to perfect negative correlation, and so r = 0.84 indicates moderately strong negative correlation (relatively close to 1 but not very strong).
(LR6) Prediction: For the 2012 Summer Olympics, substitute x = 2012 to get y = 0.0431(2012) + 129.84 »43.1 seconds.
The regression line predicts a winning time of 43.1 seconds for the Men’s 400 Meter Dash in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
(LR7) Narrative:
The data consisted of the winning times for the men’s 400m event in the Summer Olympics, for 1948 through 2008. The data exhibit a moderately strong downward linear trend, looking overall at the 60 year period.
The regression line predicts a winning time of 43.1 seconds for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which would be nearly 0.4 second less than the existing Olympic record of 43.49 seconds, quite a feat!
Will the regression line’s prediction be accurate? In the last two decades, there appears to be more of a cyclical (up and down) trend. Could winning times continue to drop at the same average rate? Extensive searches for talented potential athletes and improved fulltime training methods can lead to decreased winning times, but ultimately, there will be a physical limit for humans.
Note that there were some unusual data points of 46.7 seconds in 1956 and 43.80 in 1968, which are far above and far below the regression line.
If we restrict ourselves to looking just at the most recent winning times, beyond 1968, for Olympic winning times in 1972 and beyond (10 winning times), we have the following scatterplot and regression line.
Using the most recent ten winning times, our regression line is y = 0.025x + 93.834.
When x = 2012, the prediction is y = 0.025(2012) + 93.834 »43.5 seconds. This line predicts a winning time of 43.5 seconds for 2012 and that would indicate an excellent time close to the existing record of 43.49 seconds, but not dramatically belowit.
Note too that for r^{2} = 0.5351 and for the negatively sloping line, the correlation coefficient is 𝑟𝑟= −√0.5351 = −0.73, not as strong as when we considered the time period going back to 1948. The most recent set of 10 winning times do not visually exhibit as strong a linear trend as the set of 16 winning times dating back to1948.
CONCLUSION:
I have examined two linear models, using different subsets of the Olympic winning times for the men’s 400 meter dash and both have moderately strong negative correlation coefficients. One model uses data extending back to 1948 and predicts a winning time of 43.1 seconds for the 2012 Olympics, and the other model uses data from the most recent 10 Olympic games and predicts 43.5 seconds. My guess is that 43.5 will be closer to the actual winning time. We will see what happens later this summer!
UPDATE: When the race was run in August, 2012, the winning time was 43.94 seconds.
Scatterplots, Linear Regression, and Correlation
When we have a set of data, often we would like to develop a model that fits the data.
First we graph the data points (x, y) to get a scatterplot. Take the data, determine an appropriate scale on the horizontal axis and the vertical axis, and plot the points, carefully labeling the scale and axes.
Burger  Fat (x) (grams)  Calories (y) 
Wendy’s Single  20  420 
BK Whopper Jr.  24  420 
McDonald’s Big Mac  28  530 
Wendy’s Big Bacon Classic  30  580 
Hardee’s The Works  30  530 
McDonald’s Arch Deluxe  34  610 
BK King Double Cheeseburger  39  640 
Jack in the Box Jumbo Jack  40  650 
BK Big King  43  660 
BK King Whopper  46  730 
Data from 1997
If the scatterplot shows a relatively linear trend, we try to fit a linear model, to find a line of best fit.
We could pick two arbitrary data points and find the line through them, but that would not necessarily provide a good linear model representative of all the data points.
A mathematical procedure that finds a line of “best fit” is called linear regression. This procedure is also called the method of least squares, as it minimizes the sum of the squares of the deviations of the points from the line. In MATH 107, we use software to find the regression line. (We can use Microsoft Excel, or Open Office, or a handheld calculator or an online calculator — more on this in the Technology Tips topic.)
Linear regression software also typically reports parameters denoted by r or r^{2}.
The real number r is called the correlation coefficient and provides a measure of the strength of the linear relationship.
r is a real number between 1 and 1.
r = 1 indicates perfect positive correlation — the regression line has positive slope and all of the data points are on the line.
r = 1 indicates perfect negative correlation — the regression line has negative slope and all of the data points are on the line
The closer r is to 1, the stronger the linear correlation. If r = 0, there is no correlation at all. The following examples provide a sense of what an r value indicates.
Source: The Basic Practice of Statistics, David S. Moore, page 108.
Notice that a positive r value is associated with an increasing trend and a negative r value is associated with a decreasing trend. The strongest linear models have r values close to 1 or close to 1.
The nonnegative real number r2 is called the coefficient of determination and is the square of the correlation coefficient r.
Since 0 £r £1, multiplying through by r, we have 0 £r^{2}£r and we know that 1 £r £1. So, 0 £r^{2}£1. The closer r^{2} is to 1, the stronger the indication of a linear relationship.
Some software packages (such as Excel) report r^{2}, and so to get r, take the square root of r^{2} and determine the sign of r by observing the trend (+ for increasing, for decreasing).
RESOURCES: Desmos Graphing Calculator and Linear Regression
You can use the free online Desmos Graphing Calculator to produce a scatterplot and find the regression line and correlation coefficient.
Go to https://www.desmos.com/calculatorand launch the calculator.
Select “table” from the menu at the upper left.
Data for Project Example (Men’s 400 Meter Dash) hasbeenentered. Regression help can be accessed via the “?”icon.
Select “expression” from the menu at the upper left.
Type y1 ~ mx1+b and the values of r^{2}, r, m, and b automaticallyappear.
Selecting the tool at the upper right, you can then adjust the scales on the x and y axes and create labels.
You can give your graph a name. In order to save your graph, sign in with a free account and click the share button. If you share the given link, then by followiing the link, the graph can be opened and manipulated. If you click the Image button, then you can save the graph as a file.
After clicking the Image button, you can view the graph as a standalone image, and select from several options to save.
To complete the Linear Model portion of the project, you will need to use technology (or handdrawing) to create a scatterplot, find the regression line, plot the regression line, and find r and r2.
Below are some options, together with some videos. Each video is limited to 5 minutes or less. It takes a bit of time for the video to initially download. When playing the video, if you want to slow it down to read the text, hit the pause icon. (If you run the mouse over the bottom of the video screen, the video controls will appear.) You may need to adjust the volume.
The basic options are to:
 Generate by hand andscan.
 Use MicrosoftExcel.
Visit Scatterplot – Start(VIDEO) to see how to create a scatter plot using Microsoft Excel and format the axes.
Visit Scatterplot – Regression Line(VIDEO) to see how to add labels and title to the scatterplot, how to generate and graph the line of best fit (regression) and obtain the value of r2 in Microsoft Excel.
Using Excel to obtain precise values of slope m and yintercept b of the regression line: Video, Spreadsheet
(3) Use OpenOffice.
(4) Use a handheld graphing calculator (See section 2.5 in your textbook for help with Texas Instruments handheld calculators.)
 Use a free onlinetool
Use the free Desmos calculator: See DesmosLinearRegressionGuide.pdfto view how to generate a scatterplot and carry out linear regression.