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Term: Linear Regression

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2011-10-24


Regression analysis is a statistical approach that looks to find the best mathematical model to describe y (a dependent variable) as a function of x (an independent variable), or to predict y from x. In linear regression, the data is analyzed using linear models in which y is assumed to equal a + bx, where a and b are constants (Last, 1995).

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  • Fransoo R, Martens P, Prior H, Chateau D, McDougall C, Schultz J, McGowan K, Soodeen R, Bailly A. Adult Obesity in Manitoba: Prevalence, Associations, and Outcomes. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2011. [Report] [Summary] (View)

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