Calculation of the equation of the regression line

Calculation of the equation of the regression line

The Equation of the Regression Line


  • A regression line is utilised to model the relationship between two statistical variables.
  • This line is an optimal way to represent the possible relationship between two sets of data, often represented as Y = a + bX.
  • Here, Y represents the dependent variable we aim to predict or forecast, X is the independent variable used as a predictor, while a and b represent the regression coefficients.

The Regression Coefficients

  • The intercept ‘a’ is essentially the expected mean value of Y when all X variables are set to 0.
  • The slope ‘b’ defines the direction (either positive or negative) and steepness of the line, this is synonymous with the amount of change in Y for each unit change in X.

Calculation of the Regression Coefficients

  • In simple linear regression, the coefficients ‘a’ and ‘b’ can be calculated using the following formulas:

    • b = (∑(xi - mean(x)) * (yi - mean(y))) / ∑(xi - mean(x))^2
    • a = mean(y) - b * mean(x)
  • Here, xi and yi represent the observations of variables X and Y, and mean(x) and mean(y) represent the respective means of these observations.

Importance and Interpretation

  • The equation of the regression line plays a crucial role in making predictions about the dependent variable Y based on the value of an independent variable X.
  • The slope ‘b’ indicates the rate of change in Y , in proportion to the change in X. A positive slope specifies that Y increases with X, and a negative slope signifies that Y decreases as X increases.
  • The intercept ‘a’ is the point where the regression line intersects the Y-axis. It’s the predicted value of Y when X equals zero.

Practical Example

  • For instance, a researcher might utilise the regression line to forecast how a slight increase in temperature (X) could possibly affect ice cream sales (Y).