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The aim of this project is to find out which factors affect the selling price of a house.

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The aim of this project is to find out which factors affect the selling price of a house. I have been given four districts, and in each there are four streets. In each of the 16 streets there a number of houses which the previous factors effect and result in a different house price. In the data presented I have found several rogue results (results that do not fit in with the rest of the results). If these were to be kept, the results would be biased and so these rogue items must be removed. The rogue items were £475, 000 in house price, 13,000 in squared ft and 20 in number of bedrooms. They are too large to fit in with the other data. The ranges (highest – lowest values) where £161, 800 in house price, 2900 in square ft and 6 in number of bedrooms. 27% of the homes had a large garden, 62.5% had a small one and none was 10%. In Garages 68% had a garage and 32% didn't.

In order to get an idea of the nature of this data I have been given, I will divide Price into suitable groups and draw a histogram. Then I will make a cumulative frequency table and draw a cumulative frequency curve. I will then state my median and the inter-quartile range for my cost, as outliers do not affect them.

Out of the fields given, some of these affect the price of the houses.

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Modal class is the value, which the highest frequency occurs in.

From looking at our histograms it is clear that there is a definite modal class in both, it is in the £40,000 to £50,000 section, this value is highest in both. The lowest values in both are in the £160,000 to £200,000 bar. The Inter quartile range of the population is lower than that of the sample; this shows the measure of spread is greater in the sample. The greater measure of spread is because the results are more spaced out, i.e. a higher upper or lower quartile in the sample than that of the populations. The layout in both sample and population histograms is very similar proving the sample that has been taken is a good representation of the population.

I then drew box plots for the price.  I found that in Arlington the median was £129,800, therefore on average the house prices in that district are dearer.  In Castlemains there is an even distribution of mid-priced houses.  In Tobermory there are more expensive houses than cheaper ones. Also in Westlake most of the houses are cheap compared to the others.  If the median is closer to the LQ it is positively skewed, in my box plots Tobermory and Castlemains are positively skewed.  Therefore this means the values above the median are more spread out that than below the median.  If the median is closer to the UQ it is negatively skewed.  Westlake and Arlington are negatively skewed in this case; this means the values below the median is more spread out.

The stronger the gradient the stronger the relationship is. Price of a house = in Arlington's case: -

Price  = 18650 times number of bedrooms plus 51900 the answer to the equation would therefore be more reliable with a greater gradient.

I calculated the IQR of each district and found that Arlington an IQR of 21,750 this shows a greater range in prices.  This compared to Westlake with an IQR of 10,675.  This means that the smaller the value the less range of prices in the district. Castlemains had an IQR of 15,300 and Tobermory an IQR of 18,475; again from this we can establish a pattern.

The stronger the gradient, the stronger the relationship is.

Looking back at my scatter-graphs using the R squared value I can determine the correlation of the graphs.  The strongest graph of positive correlation is for Arlington with an R squared value of 0.9272.  The graph that shows the weakest graph of positive correlation is for the Castlemains district.

Using the equation of the line I was able to interpret the missing data. I will demonstrate how I gathered the missing data.  These are 2 examples.

Arlington (house number 154)

Y=18650x + 51900

122400= 18650x + 51900



x= 3.78   x≈ 4

Castlemains (house number 76)

Y=17379x + 11107

Y= 17379 (3) + 11107

Y= £63244

The missing data is presented in the blue.  They are:




House Number

No. Of Bedrooms

House Price











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My sampling technique was the most appropriate as it was easy to work with, but it was small, if I were to repeat my sampling I would take 60 values instead of 40.  The population was represented well by the sample.

My overall strategy was effective; my only criticisms are that I could have drawn both Histograms on the same graph, as well as both Cumulative Frequency graphs on the same sheet.  It would have been easier to compare to one another using the % Frequency Density/Cumulative Frequency values.  I did address the problem I had hoped.  The limitations were that I could not draw box plots for the number of bedrooms as it is discreet data, instead of a box plot I could have drawn a pie chart or bar chart to represent the number of bedrooms.  Also we do not know about the condition of the house or its interior.  Modifications could have been made to the houses like extensions, central heating fitted, double-glazing or a loft conversion.

If I were to have more time I would investigate the square footage of the house using the same sample and technique I employed earlier.  Then after that I would investigate if a garage affects the price of a house also.

Any house that breaks the trend could be down to its condition or modifications made to its interior or exterior.  More data would have been helpful to gather a clearer overall picture.

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