Term: Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) Regression
Glossary Definition
Last Updated: 20090226
Definition:
"The process of determining a regression or prediction equation to predict Y from X" (Dawson et al., 2004), using the method of least squares. In the resulting regression line, "the sum of the squared discrepancies between the actual dependent values and the corresponding values predicted by the line are as small as possible, hence the name 'least squares'" (Hassard, 1991).
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Hassard T.
Understanding Biostatistics. 3rd ed.
St. Louis, MI:
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1991.(View)
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