Matching Descriptions to Scatter Plots

  • Richard L. Scheaffer
  • Ann Watkins
  • Mrudulla Gnanadesikan
  • Jeffrey A. Witmer
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Table 1 and the scatter plot in figure 1 show marriage and divorce rates (per 1,000 population per year) for 14 countries. The correlation coefficient for these data is r = 0.597, and the equation of the least-squares regression line is y = −0.7 + 0.5x.


United States Stochastic Process Rate Data Regression Line Scatter Plot 
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  1. 1.
    Frank Anscombe (1973), “Graphs in statistical analysis,” American Statistician, 27: 17–21. (This is the source of the data sets in the Extension.)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    The marriage rate and divorce rate data come from James M. Landwehr and Ann E. Watkins (1995), Exploring Data, revised ed. Palo Alto, CA: Dale Seymour Publications. Their sources were the United Nations publications Demographic Yearbook 1990 and Monthly Bulletin of Statistics, June 1991.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard L. Scheaffer
    • 1
  • Ann Watkins
    • 2
  • Mrudulla Gnanadesikan
    • 3
  • Jeffrey A. Witmer
    • 4
  1. 1.University of FloridaUSA
  2. 2.California State UniversityNorthridgeUSA
  3. 3.Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityUSA
  4. 4.Oberlin CollegeUSA

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