The Donner Party was the most famous tragedy in the history of the westward migration in the United States. In the winter of 1846-47, abount ninety wagon train emigrants were unable to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California before winter, and almost one-half starved to death. Perhaps because they were ordinary people – farmers, merchants, parents, children. These data include some information about each of the members of the party from Johnson (1996).
This data frame uses the person's name as row labels and contains the following columns:
Approximate age in 1846
1 if survived, 0 if died
Male or Female
Either a family name, hired or single
Family, single or hired
Johnson, K. (1996). Unfortunate Emigrants: Narratives of the Donner Party. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, http://www.metrogourmet.com/crossroads/KJhome.htm.
Weisberg, S. (2005). Applied Linear Regression, 3rd edition. New York: Wiley, Problem 12.4.