Linear Regression Tutorial

Suppose we have a table of data for paper recycling Year 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 Amount of Paper Recovered (millions) 26.2 29.1 34.0 39.7 43.1 45.1 49.4

The Question is how can we estimate the amount of paper that will be recovered in 2003 ?

Matthew Westerhoff

Linear Regression Tutorial

Linear Regression Tutorial
The most commonly used method is Linear Regression By using the data we can construct a best-fit model Instead of using the years, we will use the number of years since 1998 L1 = Years Since 1988, L2 = Amount of Paper Recovered L1 is the DOMAIN and L2 is the RANGE L1 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 L2 26.2 29.1 34.0 39.7 43.1 45.1 49.4 To enter data: press STAT and select EDIT press ENTER
Matthew Westerhoff Linear Regression Tutorial

Linear Regression
2nd STAT PLOT and select 1 and press ENTER Select On, Type of Graph: Discrete (Select First Image) Setup Graphing Window
Years Vary from 0 to 12 Amount of Paper varies from 26.2 million to 49.4 million
Xmin = 0 Xmax = 15 Xscl = 1 Ymin = 0 Ymax = 60 Yscl = 10

Calculating the Linear Equation
Press STAT → select CALC → 4:LinReg (Don’t Press Enter) Press VARS → select Y-VARS → 1:Function → select 1:Y1 press ENTER

Press GRAPH to view the graph of the Linear Equation
Matthew Westerhoff Linear Regression Tutorial

Linear Regression Tutorial

We can now estimate the amount of paper that will be recovered in 2003? Press 2nd CALC → value Enter 15 (This is the difference between 2003 and 1988) ≈ 55.9 million tons

Matthew Westerhoff

Linear Regression Tutorial

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