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Close resemblance to how the researcher thinks.

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Easy visualisation and interpretation of data.

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More information is analysed simultaneously, giving greater power.

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Relationship between variables is understood better.

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Focus shifts from individual factors taken singly to relationship among variables.

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Independent (or Explanatory or Predictor) variable always on the X axis.

Dependent (or Outcome or Response) variable always on the Y axis.

In OBSERVATIONAL studies researcher observes the effects of explanatory variables on outcome.

In INTERVENTION studies researcher manipulates explanatory variable (e.g. dose of drug) to influence outcome

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Scatter plot helps to visualise the relationship between two variables.

The figure shows a scatter plot with a regression line. For a given value of X there is a spread of Y values.

The regression line represents the mean values of Y.

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Scatterplot of deuterium against testweighing

Deuterium = -67.3413 + 1.16186 Test weigh

S = 234.234 R-Sq = 59.3 % R-Sq(adj) = 56.0 %

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INTERCEPT is the value of Y for X = 0. It denotes the point where the regression line meets the Y axis

SLOPE is a measure of the change in the value of Y for a unit change in

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Intercept

Slope

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Y increases or decreases linearly with increase or decrease in X.

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For any given value of X the values of Y are distributed Normally.

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Variance of Y at any given value of X is the same for all value of X.

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The deviations in any one value of Y has no effect on other values of Y for any given X

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The difference between the observed value of Y and the value on the regression line

(Fitted value) is the residual.

The statistical programme minimizes the sum of the squares of the residuals. In a

Good Fit the data points are all crowded around the regression line.

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**The variation of Y values around the regression line is a measure of how X and Y relate to each other.**

**Method of quantifying the variation is by **

**Analysis of variance presented as Analysis of **

**Variance table**

**Total sum of squares represents total variation of Y values around their mean - S yy**

**Total Sum of Squares ( S yy **

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**(i). Explained by the regression**

**(ii). Residual Sum of Squares**

**Sum of Squares ÷ its degree of freedom = Mean Sum of Squares **

**(MSS)**

**The ratio MSS due to regression ÷ MSS Residual = F ratio**

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**Regression Equation**

**Residual Sum of Squares (RSS)**

**Values of α and β.**

**R 2**

**S (standard deviation)**

**Testing for β ≠ 0**

**Analysis of Variance Table**

**F test**

**Outliers **

**Remote from the rest**