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This module provides an overview of Linear Regression and Correlation: The Regression Equation as a part of R. Bloom's custom Collaborative Statistics collection col10617. It has been modified from the original module m17090 in the Collaborative Statistics collection (col10522) by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean. This module now includes instructions for finding and graphing the regression equation and scatterplot using the LinRegTTest on the TI-83,83+,84+ calculators.

Understanding the regression equation

Data rarely fit a straight line exactly. Usually, you must be satisfied with rough predictions. Typically, you have a set of data whose scatter plot appears to "fit" a straight line. This is called a Line of Best Fit or Least Squares Line .

A random sample of 11 statistics students produced the following data where x is the third exam score, out of 80, and y is the final exam score, out of 200. Can you predict the final exam score of a random student if you know the third exam score?

x (third exam score) y (final exam score)
65 175
67 133
71 185
71 163
66 126
75 198
67 153
70 163
71 159
69 151
69 159
Table showing the scores on the final exam based on scores from the third exam.
Scatterplot of exam scores with the third exam score on the x-axis and the final exam score on the y-axis.
Scatter plot showing the scores on the final exam based on scores from the third exam.

The third exam score, x , is the independent variable and the final exam score, y , is the dependent variable. We will plot a regression line that best "fits" the data. If each of youwere to fit a line "by eye", you would draw different lines. We can use what is called a least-squares regression line to obtain the best fit line.

Consider the following diagram. Each point of data is of the the form ( x , y ) and each point of the line of best fit using least-squares linear regression has the form ( x , y ^ ) .

The y ^ is read "y hat" and is the estimated value of y . It is the value of y obtained using the regression line. It is not generally equal to the observed y from data.

Scatterplot of the exam scores with a line of best fit tying in the relationship between the third exam and final exam scores. A specific point on the line, specific data point, and the distance between these two points are used in order to show an example of how to compute the sum of squared errors in order to find the points on the line of best fit.

The term y y ^ is called the residual . It is the observed y value − the predicted y ^ value. It can also be called the "error".It is not an error in the sense of a mistake, but measures the vertical distance between the observed value y and the estimated value y ^ . In other words, it measures the vertical distance between the actual data point and the predicted point on the line.

If the observed data point lies above the line, the residual is positive, and the line underestimates the actual data value for y . In the observed data point lies below the line, the residual is negative, and the line overestimates that actual data value for y .

In the Figure 2 diagram above, y 0 - y ^ 0 = ε 0 is the residual for the point shown. Here the point lies above the line and the residual is positive.

ε = the Greek letter epsilon

For each data point, you can calculate the residuals or errors, y i - y ^ i = ε i for i = 1, 2, 3, ..., 11 .

Each ε is a vertical distance.

For the example about the third exam scores and the final exam scores for the 11 statistics students, there are 11 data points. Therefore, there are 11 ε values. If you square each ε and add, you get

( ε 1 ) 2 + ( ε 2 ) 2 + ... + ( ε 11 ) 2 = Σ i = 1 11 ε 2

This is called the Sum of Squared Errors (SSE) .

Using calculus, you can determine the values of a and b that make the SSE a minimum. When you make the SSE a minimum, you have determined the points that are on the line of best fit. It turns out thatthe line of best fit has the equation:

Questions & Answers

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