Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Regression analysis

  • Irwin Greenberg
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_871


In almost all fields of study, the researcher is frequently faced with the problem of trying to describe the relation between a response variable and a set of one or more input variables. Given data on input (predictor, independent) variables labeled x 1, x 2,..., x p and the associated response (output, dependent) variable y, the objective is to determine an equation relating output to input. The reasons for developing such an equation include the following:
  1. 1.

    to predict the response from a given set of inputs;

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    to determine the effect of an input on the response; and

  3. 3.

    to confirm, refute, or suggest theoretical or empirical relations.

To illustrate, the simplest situation is that of a single input for which a linear relation is assumed. Thus, if the relation is exact, it is given for appropriate values of β 0 and β 1 by
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irwin Greenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.George Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA