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by Afroz ChakureAugust 9th, 2019

Linear regression is a predictive statistical approach for modelling **relationship between a dependent variable with a given set of independent variables**.

It is a **linear approach to modeling** the relationship between a dependent variable and one or more independent variables. When we have only one independent variable it is as called **simple linear regression**. For more than one independent variable, the process is called as multiple linear regression.

Linear Regression representation consists of a linear equation that combines a specific set of **input values (x)**, the solution to which is the **predicted output (y) for that set of input values (y). **

The linear equation assigns one scale factor to each input value or column, called a **coefficient** and represented by the capital **Greek letter Beta (B)**. One additional coefficient is also added, giving the line an additional degree of freedom (e.g. moving up and down on a two-dimensional plot) and is often called **the intercept or the bias coefficient.**

For example, in a simple regression problem (a single x and a single y), the form of the model would be:

y = B0 + B1*x, where

- B0 - represents the intercept
- B1 - represents the coefficient
- x - represents the independent variable
- y - represents the output or the dependent variable

In **higher dimensions** when we have **more than one input (x)**, the line is called **a plane** or **a hyper-plane**. The representation therefore is the form of the equation and the specific values used for the coefficients (e.g. B0 and B1 in the above example).

The General equation for a Multiple linear regression with p - independent variables looks like this:

When we have more than one input we can use Ordinary Least Squares to **estimate the values of the coefficients**.

The Ordinary Least Squares procedure seeks to **minimize the sum of the squared residuals**. This means that given a regression line through the data we **calculate the distance from each data point to the regression line, square it, and sum all of the squared errors together**. This is the quantity that** ordinary least squares seeks to minimize**.

When there are one or more inputs, you can use a process of **optimizing the values of the coefficients by iteratively minimizing the error of the model on your training data**. This process is called as **Gradient Descent**.

It works by starting with random values for each coefficient. The sum of the squared errors are calculated for each pair of input and output values. A **learning rate** is used as a scale factor and the coefficients are updated in the direction towards **minimizing the error**. The process is **repeated until a minimum sum squared error is achieved or no further improvement is possible**.

- Studying engine performance from test data in automobiles.
- Least squares regression is used to model causal relationships between parameters in biological systems.
- OLS (ordinary least squares) regression is be used in weather data analysis.
- Linear regression is be used in market research studies and customer survey results analysis.
- Linear regression is used in observational astronomy. A number of statistical tools and methods are used in astronomical data analysis, and there are entire libraries in languages like Python meant to do data analysis in astrophysics..

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