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Boston housing

B-Course provides a public domain data set called Boston Housing Data so that one can try out B-Course without own data. Below you can find some details of our example data set.

Some information about the data

This dataset concerns housing values in suburbs of Boston There are 506 cases each of which have 14 variables.


The data consists of the following 14 variables:

1. Crimes/capita: numerical per capita crime rate by town
2. residental%: numerical proportion of residential land zoned for lots over 25,000 sq.ft.
3. non-retail%: numerical proportion of non-retail business acres per town
4. CharlesRiver: 0, 1 Charles River dummy variable (= 1 if tract bounds river; 0 otherwise)
5. N_oxides: numerical nitric oxides concentration (parts per 10 million)
6. rooms/dwelling numerical average number of rooms per dwelling
7. pre40's%: numerical proportion of owner-occupied units built prior to 1940
8. :distance numerical weighted distances to five Boston employment centres
9. access: numerical index of accessibility to radial highways
10. tax rate: numerical full-value property-tax rate per $10,000
11. pupils/teachers: numerical pupil-teacher ratio by town
12. black index: numerical 1000(Bk - 0.63)^2 where Bk is the proportion of blacks by town
13. low status: numerical % lower status of the population
14. home value: numerical Median value of owner-occupied homes in $1000's

Harrison, D. and Rubinfeld, D.L. "Hedonic prices and the demand for clean air", J. Environ. Economics & Management, vol.5, 81-102, 1978.


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