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“Wise man say: ‘Forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.’”

Michaelangelo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

The purpose of this homework is to make you familiar with homework procedure. It will not count towards your final grade. A score of 1 will indicate that you have followed all procedures correctly. A score of 0 will indicate that you have failed to follow all directions. It will not be graded for correctness, but solutions will be posted.

Exercise 1

For this exercise, we will use the diabetes dataset from the faraway package.

(a) Install and load the faraway package. Do not include the installation command in your .Rmd file. (If you do it will install the package every time you knit your file.) Do include the command to load the package into your environment.

(b) Coerce the data to be a tibble instead of a data frame. (You will need the tibble package to do so.) How many observations are in this dataset? How many variables? Who are the individuals in this dataset?

(c) What is the mean HDL level (High Density Lipoprotein) of individuals in this sample?

(d) What is the mean HDL of females in this sample?

(e) Create a scatter plot of total cholesterol (y-axis) vs weight (x-axis). Use a non-default color for the points. (Also, be sure to give the plot a title and label the axes appropriately.) Based on the scatter plot, does there seem to be a relationship between the two variables? Briefly explain.

(f) Create side-by-side boxplots for HDL by gender. Use non-default colors for the plot. (Also, be sure to give the plot a title and label the axes appropriately.) Based on the boxplot, does there seem to be a difference in HDL level between the genders.? Briefly explain.

Exercise 2

For this exercise we will use the data stored in nutrition.csv. It contains the nutritional values per serving size for a large variety of foods as calculated by the USDA. It is a cleaned version totaling 5138 observations and is current as of September 2015.

The variables in the dataset are:

(a) Create a histogram of Calories. Do not modify R’s default bin selection. Make the plot presentable. Describe the shape of the histogram. Do you notice anything unusual?

(b) Create a scatter plot of Calories (y-axis) vs 4 * Protein + 4 * Carbs + 9 * Fat + 2 * Fiber (x-axis). Make the plot presentable. You will either need to add a new variable to the data frame, or, use the I() function in your formula in the call to plot(). If you are at all familiar with nutrition, you may realize that this formula calculates the calorie count based on the protein, carbohydrate, and fat values. You’d expect then that the result here is a straight line. Is it? If not, can you think of any reasons why it is not?

Exercise 3

For each of the following parts, use the following vectors:

a = 1:10
b = 10:1
c = rep(1, times = 10)
d = 2 ^ (1:10)

(a) Write a function called sum_of_squares.

Provide your function, as well as the result of running the following code:

sum_of_squares(x = a)
sum_of_squares(x = c(c, d))

(b) Write a function called rms_diff.

If the vectors have different lengths, the shorter vector should be repeated until it matches the length of the longer vector.

Provide your function, as well as the result of running the following code:

rms_diff(x = a, y = b)
rms_diff(x = d, y = c)
rms_diff(x = d, y = 1)
rms_diff(x = a, y = 0) ^ 2 * length(a)