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What does a scatterplot show?
A linear relationship between a quantitative explanatory variable x and a quantitative response variable y
What can we use to predict y for a given value of x?
The least-squares line fitted to the data
What is the population regression line?
The true regression line that has all observations
What is the sample regression line?
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What do the statistics a and b stand for in the least squares line?
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What are the conditions for regression inference?
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Are the statistics a and b unbiased estimators of the parameters Î± and Î²?
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What does population standard deviation, Ïƒ, describe?
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What do residuals of the LSRL computed from sample data estimate?
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How do we estimate the spread of the sampling distribution?
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How do Ïƒ and SEb differ?
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What is the confidence interval for the slope Î² of the population?
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What is the test statistic formula for the slope of a LSR line?
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How do you find the p-value for a t-test?
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What do hypotheses look like for the t-test of slope?
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Study Notes
Scatterplots and Regression Lines
- Scatterplots illustrate the linear relationship between a quantitative explanatory variable (x) and a quantitative response variable (y).
- To predict y for a given value of x, use the least-squares regression line fitted to the data, providing estimates based on observed points.
Regression Lines
- The population regression line represents the true regression line that incorporates all observations.
- The sample regression line is an estimated regression line derived from the least-squares regression line of a sample.
Least Squares Statistics
- In a least-squares regression line, the statistic 'a' signifies the intercept, while 'b' denotes the slope.
- Values of 'a' and 'b' are obtained from sample data and can change with repeated sampling; 'a' estimates the population intercept (Î±), and 'b' estimates the population slope (Î²).
Conditions for Regression Inference
- LINEAR: The true relationship between x and y should be linear. Checking residuals and scatterplots can validate this.
- INDEPENDENT: Observations must be independent. Use the 10% rule for sampling without replacement and ensure independence in experimental results.
- NORMAL: Assess normality of residuals with stemplots, histograms, or normal probability plots for any skewness or significant deviations.
- EQUAL VARIANCE: The scatter above and below the residual=0 line in the residual plot should display similar amounts of scatter.
- RANDOM: Data should come from random samples or randomized experiments for integrity in analysis.
Statistical Estimators
- Statistics 'a' and 'b' are unbiased estimators of the population parameters Î± and Î² respectively.
Population Standard Deviation and Residuals
- Population standard deviation (Ïƒ) measures variability of y about the population regression line; it is estimated using the standard deviation of residuals.
- Residuals from the least-squares regression line quantify how much y varies around the population regression line.
Estimating the Sampling Distribution
- Estimate the spread of the sampling distribution with the standard error of the slope, calculated as SEb = s/Sx * âˆš(n-1), where n is the sample size, and it has (n-2) degrees of freedom.
Differences Between Ïƒ and SEb
- Ïƒ indicates the variability of response variable y around the population regression line.
- SEb represents the spread of the sampling distribution.
Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Testing
- The confidence interval for the population slope Î² is constructed as: statistic Â± critical value (standard deviation of statistic), expressed as b Â± t*SEb.
- The test statistic for the slope of a least-squares regression line is given by t = (b - Î²o)/SEb.
- To find the p-value for a t-test, utilize the t distribution/table with degrees of freedom (df) equal to n - 2.
Hypotheses for t-Test of Slope
- Null hypothesis (Ho): Î² equals the hypothesized value.
- Alternative hypothesis (Ha): Î² does not equal the hypothesized value.
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