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    TQ4: Principal Component Analysis and Regression
    NOTE: Use MATLAB or MINITAB OR SAS and Include all your code
    The table attached (see excel file) contains data related to performance and success statistics for LPGA golfers in 2009. The matrix X contains 11 predictor variables:
    1. Average drive (yards)
    2. Percent of fairways hit
    3. Percent of greens reached in regulation
    4. Average putts per round
    5. Percent of sand saves (2 shots to hole)
    6. Tournaments played in
    7. Green in regulation putts per hole
    8. Completed tournaments
    9. Average percentile in tournaments (high is good)
    10. Rounds completed
    11. Average strokes per round
    The column vector y contains the output variable, prize winnings ($1000s). For each variable in x and y.
    Explore the input space using PCA. Then you use the principal components to predict
    prize winnings ($1000s) with linear regression (PCR).
    1. Divide the data into training, test, and validation data sets. Use the same training, test, and validation data sets that you used in TQ3.
    2. Perform PCA of the standardized input training data. Analyze the results of the PCA. What can you say about the true dimension of the input space? What do the PCA loadings tell you about relationships between the variables?

    3. Develop several competing regression models using the PC scores of the data (PCR). First, select enough PCs to explain at least 95% of the information in the input space. Then, choose the signi_cant PCs based on eigenvalues. Finally, select PCs most useful for predicting prize winnings ($1000s). You should end up with at least three PCR models.
    4. Compare the performance of the PCR models using the root mean squared error (RMSE) of the test data set. Select the best model. Explain why it is the best.

    5. Find the validation error of your best model.

    6. Compare the validation performance of your best PCR model with that of your best regression model from TQ3.

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    Solution Summary

    The Solution uses MINITAB to analyse the LPGA golfer data provided.