Some Problems with the Use of Regression Analysis in Geography
Many of the fundamental questions in science concern relations among two or more variables. “Are these variables related?” “What is the nature of the relationship?” “Can the value of one variable be predicted, given the values of some others?” “Does the relationship conform to some theoretically-derived one?” “Do two samples conform to the same relationship?” Geographers have at times used regression analysis to provide answers to all of these questions, often with little realization of the assumptions of the technique or of alternative statistical procedures for addressing these questions.
KeywordsUnbiased Estimate Regression Slope Multivariate Statistical Model Inductive Generalization Mathematical Geology
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