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1 Inference for Regression Simple Linear Regression IPS Chapter W.H. Freeman and Company

2 Objectives (IPS Chapter 10.1) Simple linear regression Statistical model for linear regression Estimating the regression parameters Confidence interval for regression parameters Significance test for the slope Confidence interval for µ y Prediction intervals

3 ˆ y = x 41.4 The data in a scatterplot are a random sample from a population that may exhibit a linear relationship between x and y. Different sample different plot. Now we want to describe the population mean response μ y as a function of the explanatory variable x: μ y = β 0 + β 1 x. And to assess whether the observed relationship is statistically significant (not entirely explained by chance events due to random sampling).

4 Statistical model for linear regression In the population, the linear regression equation is μ y = β 0 + β 1 x. Sample data then fits the model: Data = fit + residual y i = (β 0 + β 1 x i ) + (ε i ) where the ε i are independent and Normally distributed ib t d N(0,σ). ) Linear regression assumes equal variance of y (σ is the same for all values of x).

5 Estimating the parameters μ y = β 0 + β 1 x The intercept β 0, the slope β 1, and the standard deviation σ of y are the unknown parameters of the regression model. We rely on the random sample data to provide unbiased estimates of these parameters. The value of ŷ from the least-squares regression line is really a prediction of the mean value of y (μ y ) for a given value of x. The least-squares regression line (ŷ = b 0 + b 1 x) obtained from sample data is the best estimate of the true population regression line (μ y = β 0 + β 1 x). ŷ unbiased estimate for mean response μ y b 0 unbiased estimate for intercept β 0 b 1 unbiased estimate for slope β 1

6 The population standard deviation σ for y at any given value of x represents the spread of the normal distribution of the ε i around the mean μ y. The regression standard error, s, for n sample data points is calculated from the residuals (y i ŷ i ): s 2 residual = = ( y n 2 n 2 i yˆ i ) 2 s is an unbiased estimate of the regression standard deviation σ.

7 Conditions for inference The observations are independent. The relationship is indeed d linear. The standard deviation of y, σ, is the same for all values of x. The response y varies normally around its mean.

8 Using residual plots to check for regression validity The residuals (y ŷ) give useful information about the contribution of individual data points to the overall pattern of scatter. We view the residuals in a residual plot: If residuals are scattered randomly around 0 with uniform variation, it indicates that the data fit a linear model, have normally distributed residuals for each value of x, and constant standard deviation σ.

9 Residuals are randomly scattered good! Curved pattern the relationship is not linear. Change in variability across plot σ not equal for all values of x.

10 What is the relationship between the average speed a car is driven and its fuel efficiency? We plot fuel efficiency (in miles per gallon, MPG) against average speed (in miles per hour, MPH) for a random sample of 60 cars. The relationship is curved. When speed is log transformed (log of miles per hour, LOGMPH) the new scatterplot shows a positive, linear relationship.

11 Residual plot: The spread of the residuals is reasonably random no clear pattern. The relationship is indeed linear. But we see one low residual (3.8, 4) and one potentially influential point (2.5, 0.5). Normal quantile plot for residuals: The plot is fairly straight, supporting the assumption of normally distributed residuals. Data okay for inference.

12 Confidence interval for regression parameters Estimating the regression parameters β 0, β 1 is a case of one-sample inference with unknown population variance. We rely on the t distribution, with n 2 degrees of freedom. Ale level elcc confidence interval for the slope, β 1, is proportional to the standard error of the least-squares slope: b 1 ± t* SE b1 A level C confidence interval for the intercept, β 0, is proportional to the standard d error of fthe least-squares intercept: t b 0 ± t* SE b0 t* is the t critical for the t (n 2) distribution with area C between t* and +t*.

13 Significance test for the slope We can test the hypothesis H 0 : β 1 = 0 versus a 1 or 2 sided alternative. We calculate t = b 1 / SE b1 which has the t (n 2) distribution ib ti to find the p-value of the test. Note: Software typically provides two-sided p-values.

14 Testing the hypothesis of no relationship We may look for evidence of a significant relationship between variables x and y in the population from which our data were drawn. For that, we can test the hypothesis that the regression slope parameter β is equal to zero. H 0 : β 1 = 0 vs. H 0 : β 1 0 slope s y b 1 = r sx Testing H 0 : β 1 = 0 also allows to test the hypothesis of no correlation between x and y in the population. Note: A test of hypothesis for β 0 is irrelevant (β 0 is often not even achievable).

15 Using technology Computer software runs all the computations for regression analysis. Here is some software output for the car speed/gas efficiency example. SPSS Slope Intercept p-value for tests of significance Confidence intervals The t-test for regression slope is highly significant (p < 0.001). There is a significant relationship between average car speed and gas efficiency.

16 Excel intercept : intercept P-value for tests confidence logmph : slope of significance intervals SAS

17 Confidence interval for µ y Using inference, we can also calculate a confidence interval for the population mean μ y of all responses y when x takes the value x* (within the range of data tested): This interval is centered on ŷ, the unbiased estimate of μ y. The true value of the population mean μ y at a given value of x, will indeed be within our confidence interval in C% of all intervals calculated from many different random samples.

18 The level C confidence interval for the mean response μ y at a given value x* of x is: ^ ^μ y ± t n 2 *SE ^ μ t* is the t critical for the t (n 2) distribution with area C between t* and +t*. A separate confidence interval is calculated for μ y along all the values that x takes. y 95% confidence interval for μ y Graphically, the series of confidence intervals is shown as a continuous interval on either side of ŷ.

19 Inference for prediction One use of regression is for predicting the value of y, ŷ, for any value of x within the range of data tested: ŷ = b 0 + b 1 x. But the regression equation depends on the particular sample drawn. More reliable predictions require statistical inference: To oestimate atean individual dua response se y for a given value aue of x, we eusea prediction interval. If we randomly sampled many times, there would be many different values of y obtained for a particular x following N(0, σ) around the mean response µ y.

20 The level C prediction interval for a single observation on y when x takes the value x* is: ŷ ± t* n 2 SE ŷ t* is the t critical for the t (n 2) distribution with area C between t* and +t*. The prediction interval represents mainly the error from the normal distribution of the residuals ε i. 95% prediction interval for ŷ Graphically, the series confidence intervals are shown as a continuous interval on either side of ŷ.

21 The confidence interval for μ y contains with C% confidence the population mean μ y of all responses at a particular value of x. The prediction interval contains C% of all the individual values taken by y at a particular value of x. 95% prediction interval for ŷ 95% confidence interval for μ y Estimating μ y uses a smaller confidence interval than estimating an individual in the population (sampling distribution narrower than population distribution).

22 1918 flu epidemics 1918 influenza epidemic influenza epidemic 1000 Date # Cases # Deaths 0 0 week week week week week week # Cases # Deaths week week The line graph suggests that 7 to 9% of those week week week diagnosis. week week week week deaths in a given week and the number of new week week diagnosed cases one week earlier. # cases dia agnosed week 1 week 3 week 5 week 7 week 9 week 11 week 13 week 15 week 17 diagnosed with the flu died within about a week of We look at the relationship between the number of # deaths reported

23 1918 flu epidemic: Relationship between the number of deaths in a given week and the number of new diagnosed cases one week earlier. EXCEL Regression Statistics Multiple l R R Square Adjusted R Square 0.82 Standard Error s Observations r = 0.91 Coefficients St. Error t Stat P-value Lower 95% Upper 95% Intercept (14.720) FluCases b 1 SE b1 P-value for H 0 : β 1 = 0 0 β 1 P-value very small reject H 0 β 1 significantly different from 0 There is a significant relationship between the number of flu cases and the number of deaths from flu a week later.

24 SPSS CI for mean weekly death count one week after 4000 flu cases are diagnosed: µ y within about Prediction interval for a weekly death count one week after 4000 flu cases are diagnosed: ŷ within about deaths. Least squares regression line 95% prediction interval for ŷ 95% confidence interval for μ y

25 What is this? A 90% prediction interval for the height ht (above) and a 90% prediction interval for the weight (below) of male children, ages 3 to 18.

26 Inference for Regression More Detail about Simple Linear Regression IPS Chapter W.H. Freeman and Company

27 Objectives (IPS Chapter 10.2) Inference for regression more details Analysis of variance for regression The ANOVA F test Calculations for regression inference Inference for correlation

28 Analysis of variance for regression The regression model is: Data = fit + residual y i = (β 0 + β 1 x i ) + (ε i ) where the ε i are independent and normally distributed N(0,σ), and σ is the same for all values of x. It resembles an ANOVA, which also assumes equal variance, where SST = SS model + SS error and DFT = DF model + DF error

29 The ANOVA F test For a simple linear relationship, the ANOVA tests the hypotheses H 0 : β 1 = 0 versus H a : β 1 0 by comparing MSM (model) to MSE (error): F = MSM/MSE When H 0 is true, F follows the F(1, n 2) distribution. The p-value is P(F > f ). The ANOVA test and the two-sided t-test for H 0 : β 1 = 0 yield the same p-value. Software output for regression may provide t, F, or both, along with the p-value.

30 ANOVA table Source Sum of squares SS DF Mean square MS F P-value ( ˆ y) Model 2 1 SSM/DFM MSM/MSE Tail area above F y i Error n 2 SSE/DFE ( y i yˆ i ) Total n 1 ( y) y i 2 2 SST = SSM + SSE DFT = DFM + DFE The standard deviation of the sampling distribution, s, for n sample data points is calculated from the residuals e i = y i ŷ i s 2 2 ei ( yi yˆ i ) = = n 2 n 2 2 = SSE DFE = MSE s is an unbiased estimate of the regression standard deviation σ.

31 Coefficient of determination, r 2 The coefficient of determination, r 2, square of the correlation coefficient, is the percentage of the variance in y (vertical scatter from the regression line) that can be explained by changes in x. r 2 = variation in y caused by x (i.e., the regression line) total variation in observed y values around the mean r 2 ( ˆ ) = y i y ( y y ) i 2 2 = SSM SST

32 What is the relationship between the average speed a car is driven and its fuel efficiency? We plot fuel efficiency (in miles per gallon, MPG) against average speed (in miles per hour, MPH) for a random sample of 60 cars. The relationship is curved. When speed is log transformed (log of miles per hour, LOGMPH) the new scatterplot shows a positive, linear relationship.

33 Using software: SPSS r 2 =SSM/SST = 494/552 ANOVA and t-test give same p-value.

34 Calculations for regression inference To estimate the parameters of the regression, we calculate the standard errors for the estimated regression coefficients. The standard error of the least-squares slope β 1 is: SE b1 = ( x s i x i ) 2 The standard error of the intercept β 0 is: SE b0 = s 1 n + 2 x ( x i x i ) 2

35 To estimate or predict future responses, we calculate the following standard errors The standard error of the mean response µ y is: The standard error for predicting an individual response ŷ is:

36 1918 flu epidemics 1918 influenza epidemic influenza epidemic 1000 Date # Cases # Deaths 0 0 week week week week week week # Cases # Deaths week week week week week week week week week week new diagnosed cases one week earlier. week # cases dia agnosed week 1 week 3 week 5 week 7 week 9 week 11 week 13 week 15 week 17 The line graph suggests that about 7 to 8% of those diagnosed with the flu died within about a week of diagnosis. We look at the relationship between the number of deaths in a given week and the number of # deaths reported

37 1918 flu epidemic: Relationship between the number of deaths in a given week and the number of new diagnosed cases one week earlier. MINITAB - Regression Analysis: FluDeaths1 versus FluCases0 The regression equation is FluDeaths1 = FluCases0 r = 0.91 Predictor Coef SE Coef T P SE b SE 0 Constant FluCases S = R-Sq = 83.0% R-Sq(adj) = 81.8% 8% r 2 = SSM / SST s = MSE Analysis of Variance b1 P-value for H 0 : β 1 = 0; H a : β 1 0 Source DF SS MS F P Regression SSM Residual Error Total SST MSE= s

38 Inference for correlation To test for the null hypothesis of no linear association, we have the choice of also using the correlation parameter ρ. When x is clearly the explanatory variable, this test is equivalent to testing the hypothesis H 0 : β = 0. s y b1 = r s x When there is no clear explanatory variable (e.g., arm length vs. leg length), a regression of x on y is not any more legitimate than one of y on x. In that case, the correlation test of significance should be used. When both x and y are normally distributed H 0 : ρ = 0 tests for no association of any kind between x and y not tjust tlinear associations.

39 The test of significance for ρ uses the one-sample t-test for: H 0: ρ = 0. We compute the t statistics for sample size n and correlation coefficient r. t = r n 1 r 2 2 The p-value is the area under t (n 2) for values of T as extreme as t or more in the direction of H a :

40 Relationship between average car speed and fuel efficiency r p-value n There is a significant correlation (r is not 0) between fuel efficiency (MPG) and the logarithm of average speed (LOGMPH).

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