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CS725-S18: In-Class Work 3 (ICW3)

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The goal of this exercise is to gain experience reading and discussing a couple of basic chart types. We'll look at a line chart, bar chart, and a scatterplot.


Line Chart

Les Miles was the coach of the LSU Tigers, my favorite college football team, from 2005-2015. Before that (2001-2004), he was coach of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Let's look at his success in terms of winning percentage per year. Winning percentage is calculated as games won in a season divided by total games. This line chart shows Les Miles' winning percentage per year.

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Bar Chart

Each offensive play in football is either a run, pass, or kick. Here we'll look at rushing (run) statistics for the 20 teams with the highest rushing average per game. This bar chart shows the average yards gained by rushing per game for the top 20 teams.

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In the previous graph, we looked at average rushing yards per game. Here we'll compare that to the team's winning percentage for the 2016 season. This scatterplot shows each team's winning percentage and that team's average rushing yards per game. This chart is showing data for all 128 NCAA FBS teams. (Note that I had to combine data from 2 different tables to generate this chart.)

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