How useful would a line of best fit be for the scatter plot? a) Not useful at all
since the data is not linearly correlated enough to apply to a line of best fit. b)
just as useful as the data since the line goes through every point anyway. c)
possibly useful as there is a pattern but the data points do not match up that well. d) very useful since it will be close enough to the data points to give reasonable
A line of best fit is a straight line that best represents the data on the scatter
plot. This line may pass through some of the points, none of the points, or all of the
points. Looking at this data should show us that there is no way to draw a straight line that
will include every point on the scatter plot. One of our answer choices, answer choice b, claims that the line of best fit would go
through every data point. And that can’t possibly be true. But looking at the data, we can see that it is generally trending upward. So it’s not true that we couldn’t apply a line of best fit. Option a won’t work.
Now we have to decide between this graph being possibly useful or very useful. If we do our best to sketch a line of best fit, we realize that many of the points
are far from that line. And we have a lot of outline data. Because of that, it’s better for us to say that this is possibly useful. There is a pattern, but the data points do not match up that well. It wouldn’t be very useful since the line of best fit would not give reasonable
approximation at all points. So we just stick with c: this line of best fit is possibly useful.