Mathalicious: Hitting the Slopes

Can you predict a country’s Winter Olympic performance?

It seems that certain countries are perennial powerhouses in the Winter Games. So, is there a way to use existing data to predict how many medals an individual nation will end up taking home? Two researchers think they may have found a solution.

In this lesson, students use scatterplots and linear regression to examine several variables that may help predict Olympic performance. Are the Winter Games largely decided before the opening ceremonies even start?


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Math Topics
Data, Graphing & Statistics, Sports
High School
9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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