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## Re: leasqr question

 From: Dirk Eddelbuettel Subject: Re: leasqr question Date: Thu, 5 Sep 2002 20:24:52 -0500 User-agent: Mutt/1.3.28i

```On Thu, Sep 05, 2002 at 09:49:07AM -0400, Tom Kornack wrote:
> I am unfamiliar with all the complicated output of leasqr and I was
> hoping if someone could provide me with an algorithm to extract a
> measure like chi^2 or R^2. Could someone suggest a reference that might
> elucidate the output variables of leasqr?

No -- R2 only works for linear models, but leasqr.m is for nonlinear ones.

As you asked, R^2 should be defined in any semi-decent statistics intro --
it is the ratio of regression sum of squares [SSR := sumsq(fitted -
mean(fitted))] to total sum of squares [SST := sumsq (y - mean(y))]. Then
you get R2 as SSR/SST.  Alternatively, define sum of squared residuals [SSE
:= sumsq (y - fitted)] and use R2 := 1 - SSE/SST. There are variations which
account for the nb of variables (as adding new variables, even if
meaningless, will always increase R2, some people prefer adj. R2).

But more importantly, R2 is only for linear models. Its geometry cannot be
applied to nonliear fits such as those computed by leasqr.m. The Draper and
Smith reference in leasqr.m is a good one, it will have details on
appropriate diagnostics for nonlinear models.

Dirk

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