The closer the data points come when plotted to making a straight line, the higher the correlation between the two variables, or the stronger the relationship. If the data points make a straight line going from the origin out to high x- and y-values, then the variables are said to have a positive correlation .
How do you predict a line of best fit?
A line of best fit can be roughly determined using an eyeball method by drawing a straight line on a scatter plot so that the number of points above the line and below the line is about equal (and the line passes through as many points as possible).
What does the line of best fit tell you?
The line of best fit , also called a trendline or a linear regression, is a straight line that best illustrates the overall picture of what the collected data is showing. It helps us to see if there is a relationship or correlation between the two factors being studied.
How do you know if you have a positive or negative correlation?
When the y variable tends to increase as the x variable increases, we say there is a positive correlation between the variables. When the y variable tends to decrease as the x variable increases, we say there is a negative correlation between the variables.