Refer to The American Ceramic Society Bulletin (Feb. 2005) study of aluminum

Refer to The American Ceramic Society Bulletin (Feb. 2005) study of aluminum smelter pots, Exercise 10.9. Recall that the life length of a smelter pot depends on the porosity of the brick lining. The apparent porosity of each of six brick specimens, as well as the mean pore diameter of each brick, is reproduced in the accompanying table. Use matrix algebra and the method of least–squares to fit the straight-line model E(y) = βo + β1x to the six data points.


a. Construct Y and X matrices for the data.

b. Find X'X and X'Y.

c. Verify that

d. Find the β matrix, then give the least-squares prediction equation.

e. Find SSE and s2.

f. Find the standard error of β̂1.

g. Give and interpret a 90% confidence interval for β1.

h. Find and interpret the value of R2.

i. Give and interpret a 90% prediction interval for y when x = 10.


Data from Exercise 10.9

An investigation of the properties of bricks used to line aluminum smelter pots was published in The American Ceramic Society Bulletin (Feb. 2005). Six different commercial bricks were evaluated. The life length of a smelter pot depends on the porosity of the brick lining (the less porosity, the longer the life); consequently, the researchers measured the apparent porosity of each brick specimen, as well as the mean pore diameter of each brick.