Are people with big feet taller than people with small feet? My StatCrunch report attempts to see if there is a correlation between shoe size and height. The data I used came from the Sullivan Statistics Survey.
Scatterplot 1 shows a scatter diagram with shoe size as the explanatory variable and height (in inches) as the response variable. The shape of the scatterplot indicates that there is a positive linear correlation between the two variables. In general, as shoe size increases, height increases.

The Dataset confirms this linear correlation. The correlation coefficient (R) for these variables is 0.6222. While Table II from the Sullivan text doesn't give a critical correlation coefficient value for a scenario like this where n = 199, the critical correlation coefficient value for n = 30 is 0.361. Since 0.6222 is greater than 0.361 and since the critical correlation coefficient value decreases as n increases, we can assume that 0.6222 shows that there is indeed a linear correlation between shoe size and height.
The Dataset also shows that the R squared value is 0.3871. This means that 38.71% of the variability in height is explained by shoe size. The Dataset also shows the slope of the best fit line: yhat = 50.874798 + 1.6565183x. So, for example, if someone's shoe size is 10, we would expect them to 67.44 inches tall.
Simple linear regression results:
Dependent Variable: Height Independent Variable: Foot Height = 50.874798 + 1.6565183 Foot Sample size: 199 R (correlation coefficient) = 0.6222 Rsq = 0.38713068 Estimate of error standard deviation: 3.7840705 Parameter estimates:
Analysis of variance table for regression model:
Predicted values:
Residuals stored in new column, Residuals. 
Scatterplot 2 is a scatter diagram of the residuals. There is no pattern to the residuals. They are scattered at random. This suggests that the linear model can appropriately describe the correlation between shoe size and height.

The Boxplot shows that there are four residual outliers. Reviewing the raw data from the Sullivan Statistics Survey suggests that these outliers are not the result of data entry errors. All of the outliers, such as a 4'4" person having size 12 feet, are extreme but within the realm of possibility. Thus, it would not be appropriate to immediately discard them. Since there are outliers both above and below the boxplot, the outliers balance each other out to an extent and probably do not affect our analysis too much.

This analysis shows that there is a linear correlation between foot size and height. We can expect people with large feet to be taller than people with small feet. However, there are a few sources of error in our analysis which could be addressed in future studies. For one, shoe size is not a perfect measure of foot size. Some people may not be wearing shoes which fit them properly. It might be better to directly measure foot size. Also, men and women have different shoe size scales. A size 10 for women is smaller than a size 10 for men. If shoe size, rather than foot size, must be used, it might be helpful to break women and men apart in future studies. Nevertheless, since such a strong linear correlation was found in this study, I would expect to still find one in any future study.
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Oct 8, 2013
Very well done (and thorough).
Oct 7, 2013
Solid report, I can clearly see your conclusion play out in reality. I am 5'11 and wear a size 13 shoe so I would seem to support the results of your analysis. Your information is straightforward and easy to understand. I like that you also included some potential sources of error, and things that could have been done different to improve the accuracy of the data.
Mike Kochendorfer
Oct 7, 2013
Oct 7, 2013
This is a data set that was perfect for this project. You did a very good job of explaining how the data is represented with each part of the data sets given. It is almost just thought that taller people have larger feet but looking at this data that is not always true by looking at the outliers. This report was very interesting and you did a very good job with explaining it all.
Carli Grieff
Oct 7, 2013
I found this one to be pretty interesting to read. I had always figured that bigger feet meant a person was most likely taller than someone who has smaller feet. It is good that you pointed how this is not always the case, such as accounting for people not wearing the proper shoe size or just people that have a shoe size not normal for his or height. Overall, this was a good report. Nice job.
Brandon White
Oct 7, 2013
This information is all very interesting. While it seems to be obvious that the taller you are the bigger the shoe size, it still seems to very. And of course differs whether or not you are a man or a woman.