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Thoughts on Linear Regression

John Mount shares some thoughts:

I want to spend some time thinking out loud about linear regression.

As a data science consultant and teacher I spend a lot of time using linear regression and teaching linear regression. I have found each of these pursuits can degenerate into mere doctrine or instructions. “do this,” “expect this,” “don’t do that,” “you should know,” and so on. What I want to do here is take a step back and think out loud about linear regression from first principles. To do attempt this I am going to start with the problem linear regression solves, and try to delay getting to the things so important that “everybody should known them without question.” So let’s think about a few things in a particular order.

For thinking out loud, this is laid out rather well, so give it a read.