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1 Regression and Correlation Topics Covered: Dependent and independent variables. Scatter diagram. Correlation coefficient. Linear Regression line. by Dr.I.Namestnikova 1

2 Introduction Regression analysis is used to model and analyse numerical data consisting of values of an independent variable X (the variable that we fix or choose deliberately) and dependent variable Y. The main purpose of finding a relationship is that the knowledge of the relationship may enable events to be predicted and perhaps controlled. Correlation coefficient To measure the strength of the linear relationship between X and Y the sample correlation coefficient r is used. r = S xy Sxx S xy, S xy = n xy x y, S xx = n ( ) 2, x 2 x Syy = n ( ) 2 y 2 y Where x and y observed values of variables X and Y respectively. Important notes 1. If the calculatedr value is positive then the slope will rise from left to right on the graph. If the calculated value ofr is negative the slope will fall from left to right. 2. The r value will always lie between 1 and +1. If you have an r value outside of this range you have made an error in the calculations. 3. Remember that a correlation does not necessarily demonstrate a causal relationship. A significant correlation only shows that two factors vary in a related way (positively or negatively). 4. The formula above can be rewritten as r = σ xy 1 1, σ x = x2 x 2, σ y = y2 ȳ 2 σ x σ y n n σ xy = xy xȳ, x = x, ȳ = y n n n 2

3 Scatter Diagrams Scatter diagrams are used to graphically represent and compare two sets of data. The independent variable is usually plotted on thex axis. The dependent variable is plotted on the Y axis. By looking at a scatter diagram, we can see whether there is any connection (correlation) between the two sets of data. A scatter plot is a useful summary of a set of bivariate data (two variables), usually drawn before working out a linear correlation coefficient or fitting a regression line. It gives a good visual picture of the relationship between the two variables, and aids the interpretation of the correlation coefficient or regression model. Strong positive correlation r Positive correlation r Y 6 4 Y X X 10 Negative correlation r No correlation r Y 6 4 Y X X From plots one can see that if the more the points tend to cluster around a straight line and the higher the correlation (the stronger the linear relationship between the two variables). If there exists a random scatter of points, there is no relationship between the two variables (very low or zero correlation). Very low or zero correlation could result from a non-linear relationship between the variables. If the relationship is in fact non-linear (points clustering around a curve, not a straight line), the correlation coefficient will not be a good measure of the strength. A scatter plot will also show up a non-linear relationship between the two variables and whether or not there exist any outliers in the data. 3

4 Example 1 Determine on the basis of the following data whether there is a relationship between the time, in minutes, it takes a person to complete a task in the morningx and in the late afternoony. Morning(x) (min) Afternoon(y) (min) Solution The data set consists ofn = 10 observations. Step 1. Afternoon Y min Morning X min To construct the scatter diagram for the given data set to see any correlation between two sets of data. From the scatter diagram we can conclude that it is likely that there is a linear relationship between two variables. Step 2. Set out a table as follows and calculate all required values x, y, x 2, y 2, xy. Morning(x) (min) Afternoon(y) (min) x 2 y 2 xy x = 86.7 y = 88.8 x 2 = y 2 = xy =

5 Step 3. Calculate S xy = n xy x y = = S xx = n x 2 ( x) 2 = (86.7) 2 = S yy = n y 2 ( y) 2 = = Step 4 Finally we obtain correlation coefficient r r = S xy Sxx S xy = = The correlation coefficient is closed to 1 therefore the linear relationship exists between the two variables. Afternoon Y min Morning X min It would be tempting to try to fit a line to the data we have just analysed - producing an equation that shows the relationship, The method for this is called linear regression. By using linear regression method the line of best fit is Regression equation: y = 1.171x This line is shown in blue on the above graph. How to find this equation one can see in the next section. 5

6 Linear regression analysis: fitting a regression line to the data When a scatter plot indicates that there is a strong linear relationship between two variables (confirmed by high correlation coefficient), we can fit a straight line to this data which may be used to predict a value of the dependent variable, given the value of the independent variable. Recall that the equation of a regression line (straight line) is y = a + bx b = S xy S xx a = ȳ b x = i y i b i x i n To illustrate the technic, let us consider the following data. Example 2 Suppose that we had the following results from an experiment in which we measured the growth of a cell culture (as optical density) at different ph levels. ph Optical density Find the equation to fit these data. Solution We can follow the same procedures for correlation, as before. The data set consists ofn = 9 observations. Step 1. To construct the scatter diagram for the given data set to see any correlation between two sets of data. Optical density These results suggest a linear relationship ph 6

7 Step 2. Set out a table as follows and calculate all required values x, y, x 2, y 2, xy. ph(x) Optical density(y) x 2 y 2 xy x = 49 y = 3.04 x 2 = 284 y 2 = xy = 18.2 x = ȳ = Step 3. Calculate S xy = n xy x y = = = S xx = n x 2 ( x) 2 = = 155. S yy = n y 2 ( y) 2 = = Step 4. Finally we obtain correlation coefficient r r = S xy Sxx S xy = = The correlation coefficient is closed to1therefore it is likely that the linear relationship exists between the two variables. To verify the correlation r we can run a hypothesis test. 7

8 Step 5. A hypothesis test Hypothesis about the population correlation coefficient ρ 1. The null hypothesish 0 : ρ = The alternative hypothesish A : ρ 0. Distribution of test statistic. When H 0 is true (ρ = 0) and the assumption are met, the appropriate test statistic is distributed as Student s t distribution n 2 ( the test statistics ist = r withn 2 degrees of freedom). 1 r2 The number of degrees of freedom is two less than the number of points on the graph (9 2 7 degrees of freedom in our example because we have 9 points). Decision rule. If we let α = 0.025, 2α = 0.05, the critical values of t in the present example are ±2.365 (e.g. see John Murdoch, Statistical tables for students of science, engineering, psychology, business, management, finance, 1998, Macmillan, 79 p., Table 7). If, from our data, we compute a value of t that is either greater or equal to or less than or equal to 2.365, we will reject the null hypothesis. Calculation of test statistic. Statistical decision. 7 t = = critical value of t, we reject the null hypothesis. Since the computed value of the test statistic exceed the Conclusion. We conclude that there is a very highly significant positive correlation between ph and growth as measured by optical density of the cell culture. 8

9 Step 6. Now we want to use regression analysis to find the line of best fit to the data. We have done nearly all the work for this in the calculations above. The regression equation fory onxis: y = bx + a where b is the slope anda is the intercept (the point where the line crosses the y axis) We calculatebandaas: b = S xy S xx = = a = ȳ b x So the equation for the line of best fit is: (to 3 decimal places). = = = y = 0.096x Optical density ph r = y = 0.096x

10 Example 3 The tensile strength of a cable for upper-limb prosthesis was investigated. Stainless steel cable is commonly available in three sizes (diameters): 1.19 mm, 1.59 mm and2.38 mm. Four tests were performed for each diameter size and the results are given in the table below Cable diameter (mm) Cable cross area (mm 2 ) Tensile strength (KN) Let bex = Cable cross area (mm 2 ),Y =Tensile strength (KN) 1. Construct a scatter diagram to illustrate these results. 2. Calculate the correlation coefficient for the data and comment on the result. 3. Obtain the least squares estimates for the sample regression equation of Tensile strength on Cable cross area. 4. Estimate the tensile strength for cable with cross area Comment on the suitability of using the sample regression equation to estimate the tensile strength for cable with cross area 5. 10

11 Solution We can follow the same procedure, as before. The data set consists of n = 12 observations. 1. To construct the scatter diagram for the given data set to see any correlation between two sets of data. Tensile Strength Cross Area These results may suggest a linear relationship. 2. Set out a table as follows and calculate all required values x, y, x 2, y 2, xy. Cable cross area(x) Tensile strength(y) x 2 y 2 xy x = y = x 2 = y 2 = xy = x = ȳ =

12 Calculate S xy = n xy x y = = = S xx = n x 2 ( x) 2 = = S yy = n y 2 ( y) 2 = = Finally we obtain correlation coefficient r r = S xy Sxx S xy = = The correlation coefficient is closed to1therefore it is likely that the linear relationship exists between the two variables. To verify the correlation we can run a hypothesis test. 3. We calculatebandaas: b = S xy = S xx = a = ȳ b x = = So the equation for the line of best fit is: y = 1.053x (to 3 decimal places). 5 Tensile Strength r = y = 1.053x Cross Area 12

13 4. To estimate the tensile strength for cable with cross area 3 we need to substitute x = 3 into the regression equationy(3) = = The sample regression equation is not suitable to estimate the tensile strength for cable with cross area5because this value is outside the test range (1.1 x 4.45). Example 4 To make a prosthesis we must know the force that acts in it as the person moves. This force depends on the adjacent musculature. Records of the variation with time of the force in hip joints during level walking show two maximum values in the stance phase of each cycle. A total of16 subjects took part in the study. An indication of the variation in average of the maxima hip joint force with body weight W and the ratio of stride lengthlto heighth are given in the table below. WL (kg) H Mean hip joint force F (kn) Let bex = WL H and mean hip joint forcey Construct a scatter diagram to illustrate these results. Calculate the correlation coefficient for the data and comment on the result. Obtain the least squares estimates for the sample regression equation of WL H on Mean hip joint force. Solution We can follow the same procedure, as before. Another option is to use SPSS or Excel. 13

14 Example of using SPSS for Regression Analysis Open Data.sav. Click Analyze, click Regression and click Linear. In the Linear Regression dialog box click X and click an arrow to move X into Independent Variable list. In the Linear Regression dialog box click Y and click an arrow to move Y into Dependent Variable list.

15 Then click OK

16 You can use the Output Viewer to browse resultes. You can add a scatter plot. Click Graphs, click Iteractive, than click Scatterplot. The scatter plot can be edited, just double click on it.

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