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Stat 371 Assignment 3 Solution
1.
The purpose of this question is to review some of the tools used to assess the fit of a
model and to look for outliers in the data set. To do so we use an artificial example
with 50 observations on a response variate
y
and two explanatory variates
x
1
and
x
2
.
The data are stored in the file
ass3newq1.txt
available on the course web page.
The goal of the investigation is to predict
y
when
x
x
1
2
15
15
=
=
,
. Start by fitting the
model
y
x
x
r
=
+
+
+
β
β
β
0
1
1
2
2
.
a)
Use plots of the estimated residuals and qq plots of the standardized residuals
to
determine if other terms (e.g. squares and products) or a transformation is needed.
To create a nice format for your plots, you might like to use the R code
par(mfrow=c(n,m)) where you select integers n and m. This creates an n x m array for
the next nm plots you create.
Below are plots of the estimated residuals versus the fitted values, the qq plot of the
estimated residuals, the leverages and the studentized residuals from fitting the model
y
x
x
r
=
+
+
+
β
β
β
0
1
1
2
2
.
The qq plot suggests that there are too many large and small estimated residuals for
the sample to be from a normal distribution. We also see some very large and small
studentized residuals. We need a different model.

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