With the aim of predicting the selling price of a house in Newburg Park, Florida, from the distance between the house and the beach, we might examine a regression equation relating the two variables. In the table below, the distance from the beach (?, in miles) and selling price (?, in thousands of dollars) for each of a sample of fifteen homes sold in Newburg Park in the past year are given. The least-squares regression equation relating the two variables is ? . The line having this equation is plotted in Figure 1.

Distance from the beach Selling price, y

x (in miles) in thousands of dollars

11.2 191.6

7.2 311.1

4.6 321.0

12.0 226.5

18.7 226.6

13.4 203.2

13.4 267.8

6.2 244.2

5.3 260.6

9.6 238.4

5.5 267.7

7.8 293.2

7.1 214.9

10.9 203.7

10.2 277.1

Based on the above information, answer the following:

1. Fill in the blank; for these data house prices that are greater than the mean of the house prices tend to be paired with distances from the beach that are ___ the mean of the distances from the beach

greater than

less than

2. According to the regression equation for an increase of one mile in distance from the beach there is a corresponding decrease of how many thousand dollars in house price?

3. from the regression equation what is the predcted house price ( in thousands of dollars) when the distance in miles from the beach is 7.8 miles round your answer to at least one decimal place

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