Data considerations for Simple Regression

To ensure that your results are valid, consider the following guidelines when you collect data, perform the analysis, and interpret your results.

The data should include only one continuous predictor
  • If you have one categorical predictor and no continuous predictors, use One-Way ANOVA.
  • If you have more than one continuous predictor, use Multiple Regression.
The response variable should be continuous
If the response variable is categorical, your model is less likely to meet the assumptions of the analysis, to accurately describe your data, or to make useful predictions. If you have a categorical response variable, use logistic regression, which is available in Minitab Statistical Software.
Collect data using best practices
To ensure that your results are valid, consider the following guidelines:
  • Make sure the data represent the population of interest.
  • Collect enough data to provide the necessary precision.
  • Measure variables as accurately and precisely as possible.
  • Record the data in the order it is collected.
The model should provide a good fit to the data

If the model does not fit the data, then the results can be misleading. In the output, use residual plots, diagnostic statistics for unusual observations, and model summary statistics to determine how well the model fits the data.

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