linear regression


Definition of linear regression

: 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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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,, "Hollywood Burbank Airport officials unable to determine impact of ride-sharing services," 21 Mar. 2018 Using linear regression, Robertson calculated how much more miles people drive when the weather is warmed. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "What's behind increase in road deaths? It may not be what you think," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of linear regression

1958, in the meaning defined above

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