Question 3: Compute the average number of attacks on placebo adnd pronethalol and draw a scatter plot of difference against average. Do the differences and averages of the numbers of attacks appear to be related?
First we compute the average. Click Transform, Compute. Type a variable name into the Target Variable box. I used 'average'. Now type or click '(' into the Numeric Expression box, put the variable 'placebo' into the Numeric Expression box, type or click '+', put the variable 'proneth' into the Numeric Expression box, and type or click ')/2'. You should now have '(placebo+proneth)/2' in the Numeric Expression box. Click OK.
Click Graphs, Legacy Dialogs, Scatter/Dot, Define. Put the variable 'difference' into the Y Axis box and 'average' into the X Axis box. Click OK.
You should get the following graph, after changing the text size, scale, number format, etc.:
The variability of the differences certainly appears to increase greatly as the average increases.
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