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No-Ring Method to Predict Abalone Age
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  • Can you estimate the age of an abalone?

    📖 Background

    You are working as an intern for an abalone farming operation in Japan. For operational and environmental reasons, it is an important consideration to estimate the age of the abalones when they go to market.

    Determining an abalone's age involves counting the number of rings in a cross-section of the shell through a microscope. Since this method is somewhat cumbersome and complex, you are interested in helping the farmers estimate the age of the abalone using its physical characteristics.

    💾 The data

    You have access to the following historical data (source):

    Abalone characteristics:
    • "sex" - M, F, and I (infant).
    • "length" - longest shell measurement.
    • "diameter" - perpendicular to the length.
    • "height" - measured with meat in the shell.
    • "whole_wt" - whole abalone weight.
    • "shucked_wt" - the weight of abalone meat.
    • "viscera_wt" - gut-weight.
    • "shell_wt" - the weight of the dried shell.
    • "rings" - number of rings in a shell cross-section.
    • "age" - the age of the abalone: the number of rings + 1.5.

    Acknowledgments: Warwick J Nash, Tracy L Sellers, Simon R Talbot, Andrew J Cawthorn, and Wes B Ford (1994) "The Population Biology of Abalone (Haliotis species) in Tasmania. I. Blacklip Abalone (H. rubra) from the North Coast and Islands of Bass Strait", Sea Fisheries Division, Technical Report No. 48 (ISSN 1034-3288).

    💪 Competition challenge

    Create a report that covers the following:

    1. How does weight change with age for each of the three sex categories?
    2. Can you estimate an abalone's age using its physical characteristics?
    3. Investigate which variables are better predictors of age for abalones.


    import numpy as np
    import pandas as pd
    import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
    import seaborn as sns
    import statsmodels.api as sm
    from statsmodels.stats.outliers_influence import variance_inflation_factor
    from statsmodels.stats.diagnostic import het_breuschpagan
    from import plot_leverage_resid2
    from sklearn.linear_model import HuberRegressor
    from scipy.stats import shapiro
    from sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split
    from sklearn.linear_model import LinearRegression
    from sklearn.metrics import mean_squared_error

    Exploratory Data Analysis

    Relationship among features

        data = data.sample(frac = 0.10, random_state = 42),
        vars = ['length', 'diameter', 'height', 'whole_wt', 'shucked_wt',
           'viscera_wt', 'shell_wt', 'rings', 'age'],
        hue = 'sex',
        kind = 'scatter',
        diag_kind = 'kde'
    plt.title("Pair plots of all relevant variables")

    Relationship between weight, age, and sex

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    Q1: How does weight change with age for each of the three sex categories?

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