A line of best fit is a straight line that is the best approximation of the given set of data.
It is used to study the nature of the relation between two variables.
A line of best fit can be roughly determined using an eyeball method by drawing a straight line on a scatter plot so that the number of points above the line and below the line is about equal (and the line passes through as many points as possible).
A more accurate way of finding the line of best fit is the least square method .
Use the following steps to find the equation of line of best fit for a set of ordered pairs.
Step 1: Calculate the mean of the x-values and the mean of the y-values.
Step 2: Compute the sum of the squares of the x-values.
Step 3: Compute the sum of each x-value multiplied by its corresponding y-value.
Step 4: Calculate the slope of the line using the formula:
where n is the total number of data points.
Step 5: Compute the y-intercept of the line by using the formula:
where are the mean of the x- and y-coordinates of the data points respectively.
Step 6: Use the slope and the y -intercept to form the equation of the line.
Use the least square method to determine the equation of line of best fit for the data. Then plot the line.
Plot the points on a coordinate plane.
Calculate the means of the x-values and the y-values, the sum of squares of the x-values, and the sum of each x-value multiplied by its corresponding y-value.
Calculate the slope.
Calculate the y-intercept.
First, calculate the mean of the x-values and that of the y-values.
Use the formula to compute the y-intercept.
Use the slope and y-intercept to form the equation of the line of best fit.
The slope of the line is –1.1 and the y -intercept is 14.0.
Therefore, the equation is y = –1.1 x + 14.0.
Draw the line on the scatter plot.