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Two-Way Scatter Plot and the Canadian Fuel Consumption Report (2015): CO2 Emissions and Fuel Consumption

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By: The Odum Institute Published: 2015 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Datasets
Methods: Scatterplots
Data Type: Numeric
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Abstract

This dataset example introduces researchers to two-way scatter plots. Two-way scatter plots, often simply called scatter plots, allow researchers to explore graphically the relationship between two continuous variables. This example uses a subset of data from the 2015 Fuel Consumption Report from Natural Resources Canada. It compares CO2 emissions from automobiles with how much fuel they consume. Understanding the factors that relate to CO2 emissions is important for making decisions about transportation policy, environmental policy, and climate policy.

In this example, readers are introduced to the basic theory and assumptions underlying this technique, the type of question this technique can be used to answer, and how to produce and report results. The sample dataset has been cleaned and organized to make this example easier to follow. ...

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About This Dataset
Data Source Citation

Natural Resources Canada. (2015). Fuel consumption ratings [Data file]. Retrieved from http://data.gc.ca/data/en/dataset/98f1a129-f628-4ce4-b24d-6f16bf24dd64

Full title of originating dataset

2015 – Fuel Consumption Ratings

Data author(s) and affiliations

Natural Resources Canada, Government of Canada

Data Universe

Vehicles for retail sale in Canada

Funding sources/suppliers

Natural Resources Canada Dataset contains information licensed under the Open Government Licence - Canada (http://open.canada.ca/en/open-government-licence-canada)

Data collection dates

2015

Unit of analysis

Vehicles

Location covered by data

Canada

Links to SRM content
  • Fox, J. (2004). Scatterplot. In M.S. Lewis-Beck, A. Bryman, & T. Futing Liao (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of social science research methods (pp. 1003–1005). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412950589.n892
  • The scatterplot matrix. (1998). In W.G. Jacoby (Ed.), Statistical graphics for visualizing multivariate data (pp. 39–54). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412985970.n5
List of variables

year

Year

make

Make

model

Model

class

Class

enginesize

Engine Size

fuelusecity

Fuel Use City

fuelusehwy

Fuel Use Highway

fueluseboth

Fuel Use Combined

mpgboth

MPG Combined

co2emissions

CO2 Emissions

cylinders468

Num of Cylinders

cylinder4

4-cylinder

cylinder6

6-cylinder

cylinder8

8-cylinder

trans2

Transmission

fuel

Fuel Type