linear regression


: the process of finding a straight line (as by least squares) that best approximates a set of points on a graph

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Simons and his colleagues used simple linear regressions, a basic forecasting tool relied that analyzes the relationships between two sets of data or variables under the assumption those relationships will remain linear. Gregory Zuckerman, Quartz, 6 Nov. 2019 Using a non-linear regression model which compares two sets of numbers, Kwon said there was a strong correlation between the number of people who deplane at the airport and the ride-sharing-services activity. Anthony Clark Carpio,, 21 Mar. 2018 Using linear regression, Robertson calculated how much more miles people drive when the weather is warmed. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, 1 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of linear regression was in 1958

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“Linear regression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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