AP Statistics : How to create residual plots

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Statistics

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Example Questions

Example Question #61 : Data

On a residual plot, the -axis displays the __________ and the -axis displays __________.

Possible Answers:

independent variable;

residuals; the independent variable

 residuals; the  residuals

dependent variable; residuals

independent variable; the dependent variable

Correct answer:

independent variable;


A residual plot shows the difference between the actual and expected value, or residual. This goes on the y-axis. The plot shows these residuals in relation to the independent variable.

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