Fitted line plot through the origin

This macro creates a fitted line plot that goes through the origin.

Download the Macro

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Required Inputs

  • One column of dependent dta (Y)
  • One column of independent data (X)

Optional Inputs

The default confidence interval is 95%, but you can change the default by using the subcommand CONF followed by the interval you want to use (1-99).
Use to show the 95% confidence bands.
Use to show the 95% prediction bands.
Use to store the residuals of the regression through the origin in the specified column.

It is strongly suggested that the residuals from any regression model be examined for randomness and normality.

TITLE “text”
Use to specify a custom title for the graph.

Running the Macro

Suppose your dependent variable, Y, is in C1 and your independent variable, X, is in C2. You want to change the confidence level to 90% and store the residuals in column C3. To run the macro choose Edit > Command Line Editor and type:
CONF 90; 

Click Submit Commands.

More Information

You can create this graph manually with Minitab commands.

  1. Choose Graph > Scatterplot > With Regression.
  2. Under Y variables enter C2. Under X variables enter C1.
  3. Click Data View, then click the Regression tab.
  4. Uncheck Fit intercept. Click OK in each dialog box.

Because it is difficult to interpret the R-sq when the constant is omitted, the R-sq value is not printed in the regression output.

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