Exercise: Muscle strength, age and height for alcoholic men, 6

Question 6: Plot the residuals against height. Does there appear to be any non-linearity?

Suggested answer

We do this via the regression command.

Click Analyze, Regression, Linear. Select Quadriceps strength into Dependent and Height into Independent. Make sure that Method is Enter. Click Save. Under Residuals, click Unstandardized, Click Continue. Click OK.

You should find that a new variable has been added to your data set, called "RES_1" and labeled "Unstandardized Residual".

Now we draw the scatter diagram. Click Graphs, Legacy Dialogs, Scatter/Dot, Simple Scatter, Define. Select Unstandardized Residual into Y-axis and Height into X-axis. Click OK.

I have improved the graphs by increasing the size of text, etc.

There does not appear to be any relationship between residual and height, so there is nothing to suggest that the relationship between strength and height is not linear.

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