Non-linear Models

  • W. N. Venables
  • B. D. Ripley
Part of the Statistics and Computing book series (SCO)


In linear regression the mean surface is a plane in sample space; in non-linear regression it may be an arbitrary curved surface but in all other respects the models are the same. Fortunately the mean surface in most non-linear regression models met in practice will be approximately planar in the region of highest likelihood, allowing some good approximations based on linear regression to be used, but non-linear regression models can still present tricky computational and inferential problems.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. N. Venables
    • 1
  • B. D. Ripley
    • 2
  1. 1.CSIRO Marine LaboratoriesClevelandAustralia
  2. 2.University of OxfordOxfordUK

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