Education Technology

Become a Forensic Detective

Published on 05/02/2016

Activity Overview

Students explore which of the three body measurements (head circumference, forearm length or middle finger length) might be the best predictor of height. Students should find the context an interesting one as they are placed in the role of a forensic pathologist. An introduction to some methods of linear regression is also included.

Objectives

  • Introduction to regression in a data modeling context.
  • What is standard deviation?
  • How does the distribution of the variable affect the value of the standard deviation

Vocabulary

Independent and dependent variables, bivariate data analysis, least squares repression

About the Lesson

Students explore which of the three body measurements (head circumference, forearm length or middle finger length) might be the best predictor of height. Students should find the context an interesting one as they are placed in the role of a forensic pathologist. An introduction to some methods of linear regression is also included.