# Mr. James McWhinney, president of Daniel-James Financial Services

Mr. James McWhinney, president of Daniel-James Financial Services, believes there is a relationship between the number of client contacts and the dollar amount of sales. To document this assertion, Mr. McWhinney gathered the following sample information. The X column indicates the number of client contacts last month, and the Y column shows the value of sales (\$ thousands) last month for each client sampled.

1. 2. Determine the estimated sales if 40 contacts are made.

3. Determine the standard error of estimate.

4. Suppose a large sample is selected (instead of just 10). About 95 percent of the predictions regarding sales would occur between what two values?

Solution: 1.) Using Excel to obtain the regression equation we get the following results:  From the table above we find the regression equation is: 2) We need to evaluate the regression equation at , obtaining (3) Looking at the Excel table we find that the standard error if the estimate is given by: (4) For , we get the prediction For a large sample like this ( ) we have the 95% prediction interval is given by:  GO TO NEXT PROBLEM >> 