15.2.7 Algorithm (Multiple Linear Regression)

The Multiple Linear Regression Model

Multiple Linear Regression Model

Multiple linear regression is an extension of the simple linear regression where multiple independent variables exist. It is used to analyze the effect of more than one independent variable x_1, x_2, \dots, x_k on the dependent variable y. For a given dataset (y, x_1, x_2, \dots, x_k), the multiple linear regression fits the dataset to the model:

y_i=\beta _0+\beta _1x_{1_i}+\beta _2x_{2_i}+\ldots +\beta _kx_{k_i}+\varepsilon_i


where \beta _0\,\! is the y-intercept and the parameters \beta _1\,\!, \beta _2\,\!, ... , \beta _k\,\! are called the partial coefficients. It can be written in matrix form:




\vdots \\
, X=\begin{bmatrix}
1 & x_{11} & x_{12} & \cdots & x_{1k}\\
1 & x_{21} & x_{22} & \cdots & x_{2k}\\
\vdots & \vdots  & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots\\
1 & x_{n1} & x_{n2} & \cdots & x_{nk}
\beta_0 \\
\beta_1 \\
\vdots \\
\end{bmatrix} , E=\begin{bmatrix}
\varepsilon _1\\
\varepsilon _2\\
\vdots \\
\varepsilon _n

Assuming that \varepsilon_i are independent and identically distributed as normal random variables with \bar{E}=0 and Var[E]=\sigma^2. In Order to minimize the \left \|E\right \| with respect to B, we solve the function:

\frac{\partial E'E}{\partial B}=0


The results \hat B is the least square estimate of the vector B, and it is the solution to the linear equations, which can be expressed as:

\hat B=\begin{bmatrix}
\hat \beta_0 \\
\hat \beta_1 \\
\vdots \\
\hat \beta_k
\end{bmatrix}=(X'X)^{-1}X^{\prime }Y


where X' is the transpose of X. The predicted value of Y for a given X is:



By substituting \hat{B} into (4), we can and defined matrix P.



The residuals is defined as:



and the residual sum of squares can be written by:

RSS=\left \|E \right \|^2={Y}'Y-\hat{B}'X'X\hat{B}


Fit Control

Errors as Weight

We can give weight to each y_i in fitting process, the yEr± error column \sigma_i is treated as weight w_i for each y_i, when yEr± is abscent, w_i should be 1 for all i.

The solution \hat{B} for fitting with weight can be written as:




 w_1& 0 & \dots &0 \\ 
0 & w_2 & \dots &0 \\ 
 \vdots& \vdots &\ \ddots &\vdots \\ 
 0& 0 &\dots  & w_n

No Weighting

The error bar will not be treated as weight in calculation.

Direct Weighting




w_i=\frac 1{\sigma_i^2}


Fix Intercept (at)

Fix intercept will set the y-intercept \beta_0 to a fixed value, meanwhile, the total degree of freedom will be n*=n-1 due to the intercept fixed.

Scale Error with sqrt(Reduced Chi-Sqr)

Scale Error with sqrt(Reduced Chi-Sqr) is available when fitting with weight. This option only affects the error on the parameters reported from the fitting process, and does not affect the fitting process or the data in any way. By default, it is checked, and \sigma^2, which is the variance of E is taken into account for calculating error on the parameters, otherwise, variance of E will not be taken into account for error calculation. Take Covariance Matrix as example:

Scale Error with sqrt(Reduced Chi-Sqr)

Cov(\beta _i,\beta _j)=\sigma^2 (X^{\prime }X)^{-1}



Do not Scale Error with sqrt(Reduced Chi-Sqr)

Cov(\beta _i,\beta _j)=(X'X)^{-1}\,\!


For weighted fitting, (X'WX)^{-1}\,\! is used instead of (X'X)^{-1}\,\!.

Fitting Results

Fit Parameters


The Fitted Values

Formula (4)

The Parameter Standard Errors

For each parameter, the standard error can be obtained by:

s_{\hat \beta _j}=s_\varepsilon \sqrt{C_{jj}}


where C_{jj} is the jth diagonal element of (X'X)^{-1} (note that (X'WX)^{-1} is used for weight fitting). The residual standard deviation s_\varepsilon (also called "std dev", "standard error of estimate", or "root MSE") is computed as:

s_\varepsilon =\sqrt{\frac{RSS}{df_{Error}}}=\sqrt{\frac{RSS}{n^{*}-k}}


s_\varepsilon^2 is an estimate of \sigma ^2, which is variance of E

Note: Please read the ANOVA Table for more details about the degree of freedom (df), dfError.

t-Value and Confidence Level

If the regression assumptions hold, we can perform the t-tests for the regression coefficients with the null hypotheses and the alternative hypotheses:

H_0:\beta _j=0\,\!

H_\alpha :\beta _j\neq 0

The t-values can be computed as:

t=\frac{\hat \beta _j-0}{s_{\hat \beta _j}}


With the t-value, we can decide whether or not to reject the corresponding null hypothesis. Usually, for a given Confidence Level for Parameters: \alpha\,\! , we can reject H_0\,\! when |t|>t_{\frac \alpha 2}. Additionally, the p-value is less than \alpha\,\!.


The probability that H_0 in the t test is true.



where tcdf(|t|,df_{Error}) computes the cumulative distribution function of the Student's t distribution at the values |t|, with degree of freedom of error (df_{Error}).


From the t-value, we can calculate the (1-\alpha )\times 100\% Confidence Interval for each parameter by:

\hat \beta _j-t_{(\frac \alpha 2,n^{*}-k)}\varepsilon _{\hat \beta _j}\leq \hat \beta _j\leq \hat \beta _j+t_{(\frac \alpha 2,n^{*}-k)}\varepsilon _{\hat \beta _j}


where UCL and LCL is short for the Upper Confidence Interval and Lower Confidence Interval, respectively.

CI Half Width

The Confidence Interval Half Width is:



Fit Statistics

Some fit statistics formulas are summary here:


Degree of Freedom

The degree of freedom for (Error) variation. Please refer to the ANOVA table for more details.

Reduced Chi-Sqr



Residual Sum of Squares

The residual sum of squares, see formula (8).

R-Square (COD)

The goodness of fit can be evaluated by Coefficient of Determination (COD), R^2, which is given by:

R^2=\frac{Explained\, variation}{Total \, variation}=1-\frac{RSS}{TSS}


Adj. R-Square

The adjusted R^2 is used to adjust the R^2 value for the degree of freedom. It can be computed as:

\bar R^2=1-\frac{RSS/df_{Error}}{TSS/df_{Total}}


R Value

Then we can compute the R-value, which is simply the square root of R^2:



Root-MSE (SD)

Root Mean Square of the Error, or residual standard deviation, which equals to:



Norm of Residuals

Equals to square root of RSS:

Norm \,of \,Residuals=\sqrt{RSS}



The ANOVA table of linear fitting is:

df Sum of Squares Mean Square F Value Prob > F
Model k SS_{reg} = TSS-RSS MS_{reg} = SS_{reg} / k MS_{reg} / MSE p-value
Error n* - k RSS MSE = RSS / (n^* - k)
Total n* TSS
Note: If intercept is included in the model, n*=n-1. Otherwise, n*=n and the total sum of squares is uncorrected.

Where the total sum of square, TSS, is:

TSS =\sum_{i=1}^nw_i(y_i -\frac{\sum_{i=1}^n w_i y_i} {\sum_{i=1}^n w_i})^2 (corrected) (26)
TSS=\sum_{i=1}^n w_iy_i^2 (uncorrected)

The F value here is a test of whether the fitting model differs significantly from the model y=constant.

Additionally, the p-value, or significance level, is reported with an F-test. We can reject the null hypothesis if the p-value is less than \alpha\,\!, which means that fitting model differs significantly from the model y=constant.

If fixing the intercept at a certain value, the p value for F-test is not meaningful, and it is different from that in multiple linear regression without the intercept constraint.

Lack of fit table

To run the lack of fit test, you need to have repeated observations, namely, "replicate data" , so that at least one of the X values is repeated within the dataset, or within multiple datasets when concatenate fit mode is selected.

Notations used for fit with replicates data:

y_{ij} is the jth measurement made at the ith x-value in the data set
\bar{y}_{i} is the average of all of the y values at the ith x-value
\hat{y}_{ij} is the predicted response for the jth measurement made at the ith x-value

The sum of square in table below is expressed by:


The Lack of fit table of linear fitting is:

DF Sum of Squares Mean Square F Value Prob > F
Lack of Fit c-k-1 LFSS MSLF = LFSS / (c - k - 1) MSLF / MSPE p-value
Pure Error n - c PESS MSPE = PESS / (n - c)
Error n*-k RSS

If intercept is included in the model, n*=n-1. Otherwise, n*=n and the total sum of squares is uncorrected. If the slope is fixed, df_{Model} = 0.

c denotes the number of distinct x values. If intercept is fixed, DF for Lack of Fit is c-k.

Covariance and Correlation Matrix

The covariance matrix for the multiple linear regression can be calculated as

Cov(\beta _i,\beta _j)=\sigma ^2(X^{\prime }X)^{-1}


The correlation between any two parameters is:

\rho (\beta _i,\beta _j)=\frac{Cov(\beta _i,\beta _j)}{\sqrt{Cov(\beta _i,\beta _i)}\sqrt{Cov(\beta _j,\beta _j)}}


Residual Analysis

r_i stands for the Regular Residual res_i.


r_i^{\prime }=\frac{r_i}s_\varepsilon



Also known as internally studentized residual.

r_i^{\prime }=\frac{r_i}{s_\varepsilon\sqrt{1-h_i}}


Studentized deleted

Also known as externally studentized residual.

r_i^{\prime }=\frac{r_i}{s_{\varepsilon-i}\sqrt{1-h_i}}


In the equations for the Studentized and Studentized deleted residuals, h_i is the ith diagonal element of the matrix P:

P=X(X'X)^{-1}X^{\prime }


s_{\varepsilon-i} means the variance is calculated based on all points but exclude the ith.


Partial Leverage Plots

In multiple regression, partial leverage plots can be used to study the relationship between the independent variable and a given dependent variable. In the plot, the partial residual of Y is plotted against the partial residual of X, or the intercept. The partial residual of a certain variable is the regression residual with that variable omitted in the model.

Take the model y=\beta _0+\beta _1x_1+\beta _2x_2\,\! for example: the partial leverage plot for x_1\,\! is created by plotting the regression residual of y=\beta _0+\beta _2x_2\,\! against the residual of x_1=\beta _0+\beta _2x_2\,\!.

Resudial Type

Select one residual type among Regular, Standardized, Studentized, Studentized Deleted for Plots.

Residual vs. Independent

Scatter plot of residual res vs. indenpendent variable x_1,x_2,\dots,x_k, each plot is locate in a seperate graphs.

Residual vs. Predicted Value

Scatter plot of residual res vs. fitted results \hat{Y}.

Residual vs. Order of the Data

res_i vs. sequence number i

Histogram of the Residual

The Histogram plot of the Residual res

Residual Lag Plot

Residuals res_i vs. lagged residual res_{(i–1)}.

Normal Probability Plot of Residuals

A normal probability plot of the residuals can be used to check whether the variance is normally distributed as well. If the resulting plot is approximately linear, we proceed to assume that the error terms are normally distributed. The plot is based on the percentiles versus ordered residual, the percentiles is estimated by


where n is the total number of dataset and i is the i th data. Also refer to Probability Plot and Q-Q Plot