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ProblemSet_2_08B - ESM 206 Problem set 2 Micro-exam will be...

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ESM 206 Problem set 2 Micro-exam will be due Tuesday, Jan. 22 2008 Instructions for software use are in the file Computation for correlation and simple regression.doc The four datasets introduced in lecture are posted on the course webpage: Chlorophyll.xls, NorwegianLakes.xls, ExoticSpecies.xls, and Gasmarket2.xls. Associated text files describe the various columns. The first three questions apply to the first three datasets (although you probably won’t need to do all three to understand the process): 1) Within each dataset there are multiple quantitative variables. Calculate the sample covariance and sample correlation between each pair of variables (the correlations – but not covariances – can be calculated in R Commander as described in lecture. Both correlations and covariances are available in the Data Analysis ToolPak of Excel). 2) Create a scatterplot for each pair of variables. Make sure that you understand the relationship between the scatterplot, the covariance, and the correlation. Based on visual inspection of the data, identify cases where the linear correlation may not be a good description of the association between the variables. 3) Based on your general knowledge about the social and natural processes at work, discuss the nature of causality (if any) that might be operating between each pair of variables.
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