12.7E: Outliers (Exercises)
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Use the following information to answer the next four exercises. The scatter plot shows the relationship between hours spent studying and exam scores. The line shown is the calculated line of best fit. The correlation coefficient is \(0.69\).
Exercise 12.7.4
Do there appear to be any outliers?
Answer
Yes, there appears to be an outlier at \((6, 58)\).
Exercise 12.7.5
A point is removed, and the line of best fit is recalculated. The new correlation coefficient is 0.98. Does the point appear to have been an outlier? Why?
Exercise 12.7.6
What effect did the potential outlier have on the line of best fit?
Answer
The potential outlier flattened the slope of the line of best fit because it was below the data set. It made the line of best fit less accurate as a predictor for the data.
Exercise 12.7.7
Are you more or less confident in the predictive ability of the new line of best fit?
Exercise 12.7.8
The Sum of Squared Errors for a data set of 18 numbers is 49. What is the standard deviation?
Answer
\(s = 1.75\)
Exercise 12.7.9
The Standard Deviation for the Sum of Squared Errors for a data set is 9.8. What is the cutoff for the vertical distance that a point can be from the line of best fit to be considered an outlier?
Bring It Together
Exercise 12.7.10
The average number of people in a family that received welfare for various years is given in Table.
Year  Welfare family size 

1969  4.0 
1973  3.6 
1975  3.2 
1979  3.0 
1983  3.0 
1988  3.0 
1991  2.9 
 Using “year” as the independent variable and “welfare family size” as the dependent variable, draw a scatter plot of the data.
 Calculate the leastsquares line. Put the equation in the form of: \(\hat{y} = a + bx\)
 Find the correlation coefficient. Is it significant?
 Pick two years between 1969 and 1991 and find the estimated welfare family sizes.
 Based on the data in Table, is there a linear relationship between the year and the average number of people in a welfare family?
 Using the leastsquares line, estimate the welfare family sizes for 1960 and 1995. Does the leastsquares line give an accurate estimate for those years? Explain why or why not.
 Are there any outliers in the data?
 What is the estimated average welfare family size for 1986? Does the least squares line give an accurate estimate for that year? Explain why or why not.
 What is the slope of the least squares (bestfit) line? Interpret the slope.
Exercise 12.7.11
The percent of female wage and salary workers who are paid hourly rates is given in Table for the years 1979 to 1992.
Year  Percent of workers paid hourly rates 

1979  61.2 
1980  60.7 
1981  61.3 
1982  61.3 
1983  61.8 
1984  61.7 
1985  61.8 
1986  62.0 
1987  62.7 
1990  62.8 
1992  62.9 
 Using “year” as the independent variable and “percent” as the dependent variable, draw a scatter plot of the data.
 Does it appear from inspection that there is a relationship between the variables? Why or why not?
 Calculate the leastsquares line. Put the equation in the form of: \(\hat{y} = a + bx\)
 Find the correlation coefficient. Is it significant?
 Find the estimated percents for 1991 and 1988.
 Based on the data, is there a linear relationship between the year and the percent of female wage and salary earners who are paid hourly rates?
 Are there any outliers in the data?
 What is the estimated percent for the year 2050? Does the leastsquares line give an accurate estimate for that year? Explain why or why not.
 What is the slope of the leastsquares (bestfit) line? Interpret the slope.
Answer
 Check student's solution.
 yes
 \(\hat{y} = 266.8863 + 0.1656x\)
 \(0.9448\); Yes
 \(62.8233; 62.3265\)
 yes
 yes; \((1987, 62.7)\)
 \(72.5937\); no
 \(slope = 0.1656\).
As the year increases by one, the percent of workers paid hourly rates tends to increase by 0.1656.
Use the following information to answer the next two exercises. The cost of a leading liquid laundry detergent in different sizes is given in Table.
Size (ounces)  Cost ($)  Cost per ounce 

16  3.99  
32  4.99  
64  5.99  
200  10.99 
Exercise 12.7.12
 Using “size” as the independent variable and “cost” as the dependent variable, draw a scatter plot.
 Does it appear from inspection that there is a relationship between the variables? Why or why not?
 Calculate the leastsquares line. Put the equation in the form of: \(\hat{y} = a + bx\)
 Find the correlation coefficient. Is it significant?
 If the laundry detergent were sold in a 40ounce size, find the estimated cost.
 If the laundry detergent were sold in a 90ounce size, find the estimated cost.
 Does it appear that a line is the best way to fit the data? Why or why not?
 Are there any outliers in the given data?
 Is the leastsquares line valid for predicting what a 300ounce size of the laundry detergent would you cost? Why or why not?
 What is the slope of the leastsquares (bestfit) line? Interpret the slope.
Exercise 12.7.13
 Complete Table for the cost per ounce of the different sizes.
 Using “size” as the independent variable and “cost per ounce” as the dependent variable, draw a scatter plot of the data.
 Does it appear from inspection that there is a relationship between the variables? Why or why not?
 Calculate the leastsquares line. Put the equation in the form of: \(\hat{y} = a + bx\)
 Find the correlation coefficient. Is it significant?
 If the laundry detergent were sold in a 40ounce size, find the estimated cost per ounce.
 If the laundry detergent were sold in a 90ounce size, find the estimated cost per ounce.
 Does it appear that a line is the best way to fit the data? Why or why not?
 Are there any outliers in the the data?
 Is the leastsquares line valid for predicting what a 300ounce size of the laundry detergent would cost per ounce? Why or why not?
 What is the slope of the leastsquares (bestfit) line? Interpret the slope.
Answer

Size (ounces) Cost ($) cents/oz 16 3.99 24.94 32 4.99 15.59 64 5.99 9.36 200 10.99 5.50  Check student’s solution.
 There is a linear relationship for the sizes 16 through 64, but that linear trend does not continue to the 200oz size.
 \(\hat{y} = 20.2368  0.0819x\)
 \(r = 0.8086\)
 40oz: 16.96 cents/oz
 90oz: 12.87 cents/oz
 The relationship is not linear; the least squares line is not appropriate.
 no outliers
 No, you would be extrapolating. The 300oz size is outside the range of \(x\).
 \(slope = 0.08194\); for each additional ounce in size, the cost per ounce decreases by 0.082 cents.
Exercise 12.7.14
According to a flyer by a Prudential Insurance Company representative, the costs of approximate probate fees and taxes for selected net taxable estates are as follows:
Net Taxable Estate ($)  Approximate Probate Fees and Taxes ($) 

600,000  30,000 
750,000  92,500 
1,000,000  203,000 
1,500,000  438,000 
2,000,000  688,000 
2,500,000  1,037,000 
3,000,000  1,350,000 
 Decide which variable should be the independent variable and which should be the dependent variable.
 Draw a scatter plot of the data.
 Does it appear from inspection that there is a relationship between the variables? Why or why not?
 Calculate the leastsquares line. Put the equation in the form of: \(\hat{y} = a + bx\).
 Find the correlation coefficient. Is it significant?
 Find the estimated total cost for a next taxable estate of $1,000,000. Find the cost for $2,500,000.
 Does it appear that a line is the best way to fit the data? Why or why not?
 Are there any outliers in the data?
 Based on these results, what would be the probate fees and taxes for an estate that does not have any assets?
 What is the slope of the leastsquares (bestfit) line? Interpret the slope.
Exercise 12.7.15
The following are advertised sale prices of color televisions at Anderson’s.
Size (inches)  Sale Price ($) 

9  147 
20  197 
27  297 
31  447 
35  1177 
40  2177 
60  2497 
 Decide which variable should be the independent variable and which should be the dependent variable.
 Draw a scatter plot of the data.
 Does it appear from inspection that there is a relationship between the variables? Why or why not?
 Calculate the leastsquares line. Put the equation in the form of: \(\hat{y} = a + bx\).
 Find the correlation coefficient. Is it significant?
 Find the estimated sale price for a 32 inch television. Find the cost for a 50 inch television.
 Does it appear that a line is the best way to fit the data? Why or why not?
 Are there any outliers in the data?
 What is the slope of the leastsquares (bestfit) line? Interpret the slope.
Answer
 Size is \(x\), the independent variable, price is \(y\), the dependent variable.
 Check student’s solution.
 The relationship does not appear to be linear.
 \(\hat{y} = 745.252 + 54.75569x\)
 \(r = 0.8944\), yes it is significant
 32inch: $1006.93, 50inch: $1992.53
 No, the relationship does not appear to be linear. However, \(r\) is significant.
 yes, the 60inch TV
 For each additional inch, the price increases by $54.76
Exercise 12.7.16
Table shows the average heights for American boys in 1990.
Age (years)  Height (cm) 

birth  50.8 
2  83.8 
3  91.4 
5  106.6 
7  119.3 
10  137.1 
14  157.5 
 Decide which variable should be the independent variable and which should be the dependent variable.
 Draw a scatter plot of the data.
 Does it appear from inspection that there is a relationship between the variables? Why or why not?
 Calculate the leastsquares line. Put the equation in the form of: \(\hat{y} = a + bx\).
 Find the correlation coefficient. Is it significant?
 Find the estimated average height for a oneyearold. Find the estimated average height for an elevenyearold.
 Does it appear that a line is the best way to fit the data? Why or why not?
 Are there any outliers in the data?
 Use the least squares line to estimate the average height for a sixtytwoyearold man. Do you think that your answer is reasonable? Why or why not?
 What is the slope of the leastsquares (bestfit) line? Interpret the slope.
Exercise 12.7.17
State  # letters in name  Year entered the Union  Ranks for entering the Union  Area (square miles) 

Alabama  7  1819  22  52,423 
Colorado  8  1876  38  104,100 
Hawaii  6  1959  50  10,932 
Iowa  4  1846  29  56,276 
Maryland  8  1788  7  12,407 
Missouri  8  1821  24  69,709 
New Jersey  9  1787  3  8,722 
Ohio  4  1803  17  44,828 
South Carolina  13  1788  8  32,008 
Utah  4  1896  45  84,904 
Wisconsin  9  1848  30  65,499 
We are interested in whether there is a relationship between the ranking of a state and the area of the state.
 What are the independent and dependent variables?
 What do you think the scatter plot will look like? Make a scatter plot of the data.
 Does it appear from inspection that there is a relationship between the variables? Why or why not?
 Calculate the leastsquares line. Put the equation in the form of: \(\hat{y} = a + bx\).
 Find the correlation coefficient. What does it imply about the significance of the relationship?
 Find the estimated areas for Alabama and for Colorado. Are they close to the actual areas?
 Use the two points in part f to plot the leastsquares line on your graph from part b.
 Does it appear that a line is the best way to fit the data? Why or why not?
 Are there any outliers?
 Use the least squares line to estimate the area of a new state that enters the Union. Can the leastsquares line be used to predict it? Why or why not?
 Delete “Hawaii” and substitute “Alaska” for it. Alaska is the fortyninth, state with an area of 656,424 square miles.
 Calculate the new leastsquares line.
 Find the estimated area for Alabama. Is it closer to the actual area with this new leastsquares line or with the previous one that included Hawaii? Why do you think that’s the case?
 Do you think that, in general, newer states are larger than the original states?
Answer
 Let rank be the independent variable and area be the dependent variable.
 Check student’s solution.
 There appears to be a linear relationship, with one outlier.
 \(\hat{y} \text{ (area) } = 24177.06 + 1010.478x\)
 \(r = 0.50047\), \(r\) is not significant so there is no relationship between the variables.
 Alabama: 46407.576 Colorado: 62575.224
 Alabama estimate is closer than Colorado estimate.
 If the outlier is removed, there is a linear relationship.
 There is one outlier (Hawaii).
 rank 51: 75711.4; no

Alabama 7 1819 22 52,423 Colorado 8 1876 38 104,100 Alaska 6 1959 51 656,424 Iowa 4 1846 29 56,276 Maryland 8 1788 7 12,407 Missouri 8 1821 24 69,709 New Jersey 9 1787 3 8,722 Ohio 4 1803 17 44,828 South Carolina 13 1788 8 32,008 Utah 4 1896 45 84,904 Wisconsin 9 1848 30 65,499  \(\hat{y} = 87065.3 + 7828.532x\)
 Alabama: 85,162.404; the prior estimate was closer. Alaska is an outlier.
 yes, with the exception of Hawaii