Risk of Covid-19 Infection
REST 575/RM 475 Course Project
You are expected to analyze the dataset “Data-Covid-19-Risk.csv” and write a short
article (no more than 10 pages) to present your analyses regarding whether and
how some variables affect the risk of a person being infected by the Covid-19 virus.
The dataset is fake. I generated them using a model that you don’t know. Your
article will be graded based on how close your conclusions are to the true model,
which I know but you don’t.
The dataset contains five columns: Ethnic (American, Asian, or European), Age, BMI
(body mass index), Conditions (0 for not having pre-existing conditions and 1 for
having them), Social (social activeness, between 0 and 1), Mask (0 for not wearing
masks and 1 for wearing masks), Risk (the risk of a person being infected by the
Covid-19 virus). Risk should be the dependent variable in your model. Each row is
for a person.
There is no guarantee that all variables in the dataset are relevant. There is no
guarantee that all relevant variables are in the dataset. There is no guarantee that
the true relationships are linear. Since you don’t know the true model, it is almost
impossible to get perfectly correct results. But that is the reality of doing scientific
research and that is life. So, do not worship “Science”!
1, You article needs to have a cover page, with a title, an abstract, and your name on
it. The article does not need to have any references. No need to review the
2, Your article needs to have the following sections: introduction, data description,
your research design (hypotheses and models), empirical results, and conclusion.
Each section needs to be concise but informative.
3, You need to have two tables for data summary: one for quartiles, means, and
standard errors for each variable, for the whole sample and each ethnic group; and
the other for correlations between each pair of variables, for the whole sample and
each ethnic group.
4, You need to have a few tables presenting your results. If you tried different
models, or models for different ethnic groups, you will need multiple tables.
5, You want to have a few figures to visualize the data or relationships that you think
6, Each Table and figure will be on a separate page. Contents will be 1.5-spaced.
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