Line of Best Fit
6th to 8th, High School
This activity allows the user to enter a set of data, plot the data on a coordinate grid, and determine the equation for a line of best fit.
This interactive is optimized for your desktop and tablet.
Plot points scored along the horizontal axis and minutes along the vertical axis.
Check the Show Line of Best Fit box to see a linear approximation of this data. The correlation coefficient (r) indicates how well the line approximates the data. If |r| = 1, the line is a perfect fit to the data; if |r| = 0, the line does not fit the data at all. In general, the closer |r| is to 1, the better the fit.
You can conduct similar investigations for other sports by looking at the statistics for Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL), Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), Major League Soccer (MLS), or other sports that interest you.
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