Progression of Record times for track races, 1912 - 2008
Progression in world record times for track and road races.
A data frame with 227 observations on the following 4 columns.
Year that time was first recorded
distance in kilometers
time in minutes
character; descriptor for event (100m, mile, ...)
Record times for men's track events, from 1912 onwards. The
series starts with times that were recognized as record times in 1912,
Links to sources for the data are at
plot(log(Time) ~ log(Distance), data=progression)
xyplot(log(Time) ~ log(Distance), data=progression, type=c("p","r"))
xyplot(log(Time) ~ log(Distance), data=progression,
res <- resid(lm(log(Time) ~ log(Distance), data=progression))
plot(res ~ log(Distance), data=progression,
ylab="Residuals from regression line on log scales")
Dataset imported from https://www.r-project.org.