linear regression

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linear regression

[′lin·ē·ər ri′gresh·ən]
(statistics)
The straight line running among the points of a scatter diagram about which the amount of scatter is smallest, as defined, for example, by the least squares method.
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The line of best fit is the one obtained by taking multiples of the vector [v.
A plot of the mean scores corresponding to each Process Standards over the 14 semesters is shown, along with the line of best fit, in Figure 2.
The equation for the line of best fit can be saved in association with the column of data to which it relates, in which case, the program will automatically plot the line of best fit as well as the data.
For example, if there were sales in a neighborhood, a regression model would attempt to draw a line of best fit through the data.