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The Pearson's R value was concluded as 0.567. The R value is meant to determine the correlation between the gold standard and the Spree. Based of the value 0.567, it can be concluded that the correlation is positive but not very strong (as a very strong and positive correlation is shown by an R-value of 1).
A Pearson's R test was then ran to determine the correlation between our gold standard and the Spree's measurements. The value found for this test was -0.056089381. A value close to -1 or 1 indicates strong negative or positive correlation respectively. The result of the test was close to 0, indicating very little correlation between the data sets.
LAB 3B WRITE-UP
Target Population and Need
Our device targets people of all ages, and particularly athletes, those who work in strenuous, hot environments, such as construction workers, or even the military. Another major population target will be those affected by severe illnesses that cause dehydration. Every year there are about 2 million deaths every year due to severe dehydration due to illness. The patients will be able to detect their hydration levels and fix them before their health is majorly affected. The device also is able to detect electrolyte levels, particularly those of sodium and potassium, through sweat detection. This is most important for those who are active, since they will be able to know if they need more potassium to prevent cramping, or sodium to replace what they've lost through sweat.
An elastic band lined with electrodes sends weak electrical current through the trunk of the body. A bluetooth-enabled device, such as a smartphone, analyzes the change in impedance properties to and uses information given by the user (Height, weight, age, gender, etc.) to determine the water content of the body. Additional sensors lined around the inside of the band will collect sweat and measure sodium and potassium cation concentrations, critical electrolytes required by the body, to estimate overall electrolyte loss. The paired bluetooth device displays this information to the user, who can set alerts if water content fall below a given threshold.