Data set: Anthrokids data
Link to the data set
The full data set in csv format is at:
http://stat.pugetsound.edu/hoard/datasets/anthrokids.csv
Background on the data set

This data set is excerpted from an anthropometric data set that is posted in full at the Anthrokids website. According to the website, this study was the result of a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) effort in the mid-seventies. The creation of a publically accessable data base was the result of a joint effort between the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the CPSC. Partial sponsorship is coming from the Systems Integration for Manufacturing Applications (SIMA) project at NIST. Prior to this effort the data did not exist other than on paper.

Again according to the website, the primary goal to "computerize" the data has been accomplished. All of the tabular data was originally entered as spreadsheet data. A variety of conversion techniques were subsequently used to create HTML, plain ASCII (PRN), comma separated values (CSV) and other data tables, all of which are accessable (for free) via the Anthrokids web site.

The excerpt here is taken from the 1977 study on the Anthrokids website. The original documentation (648 pages, about 30 MB) for the data set is available scanned into pdf format at the Anthrokids website.

We at the University of Puget Sound Data Hoard are grateful to those individuals and agencies who have made the data publicly available.

Variables in the data set
The variables in the data set are as follows:
NameUnitsDescription
masskilogramsmass of child
heightcentimetersheight of child
waistcentimeterswaist circumference of child
footcentimeterschild's foot length
sittingHeightmillimeterssitting height of child
upperLegLengthmillimeterslength of child's upper leg
kneeHeightmillimetersheight of child's knee
forearmLengthmillimeterslength of child's forearm
ageyearsage of child
genderF (female) or M (male)gender of child
handednessboth, left, or righthandedness of child
birthOrder(number)child's numerical ranking by age among siblings (1 being first)
Projects using this data set
IdProject
54biometric and non-biometric characteristics of 18-year-old females
22determining height from foot length of an 18-year-old male
15estimating masses of male 18-year-olds from foot length
14estimating masses of male 6-year-olds from foot length
52investigating a possible relationship between handedness and growth rate in children
45predicting a 16-year-old's height
44predicting a child's mass without knowing age
49regression diagnostics for predicting a 16-year-old's height
48regression diagnostics for predicting a child's mass
31using child height to predict child mass