Building a Multiple Linear Regression Model With LEGO Brick Data
Presented By: Anna Peterson and Laura Ziegler, Iowa State University
This month, we highlight the Datasets and Stories article, Building a Multiple Linear
Regression Model with LEGO Brick Data, in our Journal of Statistics and Data Science
Education webinar series. In the webinar, they present an innovative activity that uses
data about LEGO sets to help students self-discover multiple linear regressions. During
the activity, instructors guide students to predict the price of a LEGO set posted on
(Amazon price) using LEGO characteristics such as the number of pieces, the
theme (i.e., product line), and the general size of the pieces. By starting with graphical
displays and simple linear regression, students are able to develop additive multiple
linear regression models as well as interaction models to accomplish the task. They
conclude with reflections of past classroom experiences.
Laura Ziegler is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Statistics Department at Iowa
State University. She has been teaching statistics since 2006. Laura earned a M.S. in
statistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Ph.D. in educational psychology –
statistics education from the University of Minnesota. Currently, she focuses on
coordinating a multi-section introductory statistics course as well as teaches
intermediate statistics and regression courses for students of all majors. Laura’s
interests include exploring cooperative learning techniques, developing assessments, and
collaborating with other educators.
Anna Peterson is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Statistics Department at Iowa
State University. She has been teaching statistics since 2010. Anna earned a M.S. in
statistics from the from Iowa State University in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Iowa
State University in 2011. Currently, she focuses on coordinating multi-section
introductory and intermediate courses focused on business statistics. When not working,
Anna likes playing soccer, thrifting, taking trips with her family and helping her kids
learn to play the violin.
The webinar will take place on Tuesday April 19, 2022 from 4:00 - 4:30pm ET.
Registration is required but is free:
We hope that you can join us for an informative discussion.
Leigh Johnson (Capital University)
Moderator, CAUSE/JSDSE Webinar Series