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Your homework will be composed of an integrated written portion and Python programming component.  You will produce a single jupyter notebook file (*.ipynb).  You will be using the Auto.csv dataset provided. In your answers to written questions, even if the question asks for a single number or other form of short answer (such as yes/no or which is better: A or B) you must provide supporting information for your answer to obtain full credit.  Use Python to perform calculations or mathematical transformations, or provide python-generated graphs and figures or other evidence that explain how you determined the answer.  Use both code cells and markup cells in your jupyter notebook.  A shell is provided to get you started.


Simple Linear Regression


  1. Load the “Auto.csv” dataset (note that missing values (e.g. “?”) must be handled – one suggestion is to remove unneeded data observations).  Store the data in a pandas dataframe called “data”
  2. Explore the dataset.   Useful pandas functions include .infoand .hist as well as scatter_matrix in tools.plotting
    1. Display statistics of the dataset.  How many numerical features/attributes are there?  How many observations/datapoints?
    2. Display a histogram of each of the individual feature values.  Describe these distributions in terms of descriptions from statistics (e.g. uniform, Gaussian, exponential, skewed, multi-modal)
    3. Choose a subset of at least 5 attributes you expect to have relationships and display a scatterplot of each of the pairings between each possible pair of these attributes.  What pairs do you see with linear relationships?  Non-linear?  Which pairs have strong relationships and which appear to have weak relationships?  Describe the phenomenon that you see in your plots.
  3. Make a scatterplot (Horsepower vs mpg), Set the axes so that the origin (0,0) is included, as well as all of the datapoints.  Label axes appropriately: “Horsepower”, “MPG”).  On this Horsepower vs. MPG plot, assume that β0is fixed at 40.  Estimate what the slope β1 of the best fit line is for the dataset (eyeball an educated guess) given that β0 is fixed at 40.  Report your eyeball estimate for β1 using a markdown cell in jupyter.
  4. Using code, make a vector of possible β1values that surround what you think the slope of the best fit line is (hint:  use the linspace function in numpy).  Display the vector of these numerical β1
  5. Make a python function “rss1d(beta0,beta1,x,y)” for computing cost: this function should compute residual sum of squared errors (RSS) for the dataset for a given β0and β1.  Then use this function to compute RSS for the fixed β0 under each version of β1 coefficients from step 4 and store these costs for each value of β1.  You may find a loop might handy here.
  6. Using your results from step 5, make a new plot of β1value vs RSS cost.  Your axes should be labeled as β1 on the x-axis and RSS on the y-axis).  If possible, see if you can make the subscripted beta appear as math-style text in the x-axis label.
  7. Answer these questions in your report:  Describe the shape of the plot in step 6?  Explain how using the plot, someone could find the best value of β1. Select the value of β1you think will have the best fit (you may want to improve your estimate by exploring near it by adding additional values for β1 and repeat steps 3-6).
  8. Determine the linear regression line formed when β0is 40 and the value of β1 you computed in step 7.  Make a new plot which displays a red linear regression line overlayed on a Horsepower vs. MPG scatterplot of the original dataset points
  9. Review eqn 3.4 on page 62.  In code, develop the closed-form functioncomputeBetas(xVec, yVec) which accepts a vector of x values and a vector of y values and returns betas, which is a structure containing the values for the 2 coefficients β0 and β1
  10. Compute β0and β1 for the Auto dataset using the closed-form function you created in step 9.
  11. How does the closed-form computed value of β1compare with your estimate of  β1 from step 6?  Discuss in your report.
  12. Make a new plot which displays a greenlinear regression line formed by the closed-form expression (from step 9 & 10) overlayed on a Horsepower vs. MPG scatterplot of the original dataset points.
  13. Now use sklearn’s linear_modelfunction to fit a linear model from horsepower to mpg.  What are the model’s coefficients, MSE & explained variance score?
  14. Make a new plot which displays a blacklinear regression line formed by the sklearn linear model (from step 12) overlayed on a Horsepower vs. MPG scatterplot of the original dataset points.
  15. Explore the residual errors from using the linear model to make predictions:
    1. Compute the residual errors in using the model to predict mpg from horsepower.  Plot these residual errors as a function of horsepower using a scatterplot.  Add a redhorizontal line at y=0 to indicate the zero-error position.
    2. Describe the plot – particularly the trends.  Do the errors appear well-distributed, or are there trends?  If there are trends: describe the trends, explain what these trends indicate about the ability to predict mpg from horsepower using a linear model, and give at least one course of action you could take to make a better model.


Optional (not required … but good practice in developing your coding skills):  build a structure containing possible values for β1 and β0 pairs.   Compute the RSS over all beta pairs at each cell in the matrix on the horsepower vs. MPG data.  Now build a contour and/or 3D plot of these RSS values as shown in the book Figure 3.2 on page 63 (the x and y axes are β1 and β0 and the z axis is RSS).   Write code to determine the beta pair with the minimum RSS.  Report the minimum value cost. On your contour/3D plot, add a point at the location of the β0, β1 coordinates which minimize the RSS.


Helpful Tips

You might find these python packages/imports useful:

import numpy as np

import pandas as pd

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

%matplotlib inline

from sklearn import datasets, linear_model