# Regression for the Leaning Tower of Pisa

- Author:
- Camille Fairbourn

- Topic:
- Linear Regression

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is an architectural wonder. Engineers concerned about the tower’s stability have done extensive studies of its increasing tilt. Measurements of the lean of the tower over time provide much useful information. The following table gives measurements for the years 1975 to 1987. The variable “lean” represents the difference between where a point on the tower would be if the tower were straight and where it actually is. The data are coded as tenths of a millimeter in excess of 2.9 meters, so that the 1975 lean, which was 2.9642 meters, appears in the table as 642. Only the last two digits of the year were entered into the computer.
obs year lean
1 75 642
2 76 644
3 77 656
4 78 667
5 79 673
6 80 688
7 81 696
8 82 698
9 83 713
10 84 717
11 85 725
12 86 742
13 87 757