The Basic Practice of Statistics 7th Edition

Published by W. H. Freeman
ISBN 10: 1-46414-253-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-46414-253-6

Chapter 4 - Scatterplots and Correlation - Apply Your Knowledge: 4.10a

Answer

The explanatory variable is the sea surface temperature.
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Work Step by Step

The sea surface temperature causes the coral growth in the sea; thus, the sea surface temperature is the explanatory variable.
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