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linear regression
noun
: the process of finding a straight line (as by least squares) that best approximates a set of points on a graph
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This example is meant to illustrate the heart of an important debate between frequentist (linear regression) and Bayesian (probabilistic) statistics: Is a large enough data set sufficient to predict a future outcome?
—Sourav Goswami, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023
In a paper published on the research repository arxiv.org, the Naver team looked at the performance of probabilistic timeseries models that have become popular lately for sales forecasting tasks and compared them to a simpler machine learning model and to linear regression.
—Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2020
This was done using linear regression.
—Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 22 Mar. 2018
Melting rate and hardness of each hardened ice cream was measured and correlated with the structural attributes by using analysis of variance and multiple linear regression.
—Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 9 June 2011
Currently, the market standard has been to use linear regression to forecast trends.
—Sourav Goswami, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022
As expected, for single SNP analysis (without binning by recombination rate), linear regression is very significant for FST between African Americans and either nonAfrican population (P≪10−12).
—Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2010
While one example achieved a 90 percent accuracy with a linear regression model, the person did not calculate precision, recall, or F1.
—Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, 15 Aug. 2022
For example, in predictive analytics, if the response data type is numeric in nature, linear regression is the preferred technique.
—Prashanth Southekal, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021
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Word History
First Known Use
1958, in the meaning defined above
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The first known use of linear regression was
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“Linear regression.” MerriamWebster.com Dictionary, MerriamWebster, https://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/linear%20regression. Accessed 27 May. 2024.
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