posted by Annita
I have population data for the last 50 years (total population for a country), that I need to make linear. In its original it has a positive relationship (looking at a scatter plot) but it is not linear. There are three smaller periods with large increases in population, which makes the scatter plot look almost like a jigsaw. I have tried transforming the data with logaritms, square roots etc but I do not succeed in making the scatter plot like more or less linear. Any advice?