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    Problem 4. Open the Minitab worksheet MARATHON.MTW which gives men's and women's winning times for the Boston Marathon over the years. Concentrate on the women's times.
    . Sketch a scatter plot of the data. Does it support the use of the simple linear regression model? Explain.
    . Find the slope and intercept of the least squares regression line.
    . Calculate a point estimate of the true average winning time when the year is the year in which you were born.
    . What proportion of the observed variation in the winning times can be attributed to the simple linear regression relationship between winning time and year? Explain.

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    Linear regression is applies to results from the Boston Marathon. The solution is detailed and well presented. The solution received a rating of "5" from the student who posted the question.