Relationships

Lesson Plan

Displaying Relationships: Scatterplots

For All Practical

Purposes

Mathematical Literacy in Today’s World, 7th ed. Regression Lines

Correlation

Least-Squares Regression

Interpreting Correlation and Regression

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Displaying Relationships

Relationship Between Two Variables

Examine data for two variables to see if there is a relationship between the variables. Does one influence the other?

Study both variables on the same individual.

If a relationship exists between variables, typically one variable influences or causes a change in another variable.

Explanatory variable explains, or causes, the change in another variable.

Response variable measures the outcome, or response to the change.

Response variable –

A variable that measures an outcome or result of a study (observed outcome). Explanatory variable –

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Displaying Relationships: Scatterplots

Data to Be Used for a Scatterplot

A scatterplot is a graph that shows the relationship between two numerical variables, measured on the same individual.

Explanatory variable, x, is plotted on the horizontal axis, (x).

Response variable, y, is plotted on the vertical axis (y).

Each pair of related variables (x, y) is plotted on the graph.

Example: A study done to see how the number of beers that a young adult drinks predicts his/her blood alcohol content (BAC). Results of 16 people:

Explanatory variable, x = beers drunk Response variable, y = BAC level

Young Adult

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Beers

5

2

9

8

3

7

3

5

BAC

0.10

0.03

0.19

0.12

0.04

0.095

0.07

0.06

Young Adult

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

Beers

3

5

4

6

5

7

1

4

BAC

0.02

0.05

0.07

0.10

0.85

0.09

0.01

0.05

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Chapter 6: Exploring Data: Distributions

Displaying Relationships: Scatterplots

Scatterplot

BAC vs. number of beers consumed

Example continued: The scatterplot of the blood alcohol content, BAC, (y, response variable) against the number of beers a young adult drinks

(x, explanatory variable).

The data from the previous table are plotted as points on the graph (x, y).

Examining This Scatterplot…

1. What is the overall pattern (form, direction, and strength)? Form – Roughly a straight-line pattern.

Direction – Positive association (both increase).

Strength – Moderately strong (mostly on line).

2. Any striking deviations (outliers)? Not here.

Outliers – A deviation in a distribution of a data point falling outside the overall

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Regression Lines

Regression Line

A straight line that describes how a response variable y changes as an explanatory variable x changes.

Regression lines are often used to predict the value of y for a given value of x.

BAC vs. number of beers consumed

A regression line has been added to be able to predict blood alcohol content from the number of beers a young adult drinks.

Graphically, you can predict that if x = 6 beers, then y = 0.95 BAC.

(Legal limit for driving in most states is BAC = 0.08.)

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Using the Equation of the Line for Predictions

It is easier to use the equation of the line for predicting the value of y, given the value of x.

Using the equation of the line for the previous example: predicted BAC

= −0.0127 + (0.01796)(beers) y = −0.0127 + 0.01796 (x)

For a young adult drinking 6 beers (x = 6): predicted BAC = −0.0127 + 0.01796 (6) = 0.095

Straight Lines

A straight line for predicting y from x has an equation of the form: predicted y = a + b x

In this equation, b is the slope, the amount by which y changes when x increases by 1 unit.

The number a is the intercept, the value of y when x =0.

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