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By William - 19 Nov 2014

Mr. Hoffman,

I am a graduate student at the University of North Georgia studying Public Administration under the tutelage of Dr. Barry Friedman.  I am currently enrolled in a Statistics course in which students are encouraged to use statistical analyses to assist a public or non-profit organization. I previously tried to get in contact with Nathan Winograd of the No Kill Advocacy Center, but was unable to get in contact with him.

My professor, Dr. Friedman, tells me that you are genuinely committed to the well-being of animals. I would like to know if I could get your feedback on some possible data points about dogs in particular. 

Would you be willing to help me in coming up with some independent variables that may be useful in bringing about change in my community's policies as they relate to the likelihood that a dog may get adopted?

Basically, I'd like to know what aspects or traits would make certain dogs more likely to be adopted than others.

The dependent variable would be successfully finding a home for the dog, and the independent variables would include the age of the dog, the size of the dog, the health of the dog, or any other trait that you think would be relevant. 

I would imagine that some possible variables may be the weight, the age, or some other factors, but I am not sure. Would you be willing to help me in identifying some other traits that would be possible independent variables that I can use to determine the likelihood of a dog being adopted? 

My ultimate goal is to use the variables to conduct a Multiple Linear Regression analysis on actual data from the local animal shelter. My hope is that we can save as many dogs as possible by first figuring out which animals are more likely to be adopted. 

Thank you very much for your help.​



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