Journal of Geodesy

, Volume 82, Issue 7, pp 415–421 | Cite as

On weighted total least-squares adjustment for linear regression

  • Burkhard SchaffrinEmail author
  • Andreas Wieser
Original Article


The weighted total least-squares solution (WTLSS) is presented for an errors-in-variables model with fairly general variance–covariance matrices. In particular, the observations can be heteroscedastic and correlated, but the variance–covariance matrix of the dependent variables needs to have a certain block structure. An algorithm for the computation of the WTLSS is presented and applied to a straight-line fit problem where the data have been observed with different precision, and to a multiple regression problem from recently published climate change research.


Total least-squares solution (TLSS) Errors-in-variables model Weight matrix Heteroscedastic observations Straight-line fit Multiple linear regression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geodetic Science ProgramThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Engineering Geodesy and Measurement SystemsGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

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