[SciPy-User] Terminology question

Ernest Adrogué eadrogue@gmx....
Wed Mar 24 17:02:19 CDT 2010


24/03/10 @ 14:11 (-0700), thus spake David Goldsmith:
> On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 10:16 AM,  <josef.pktd@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 12:26 PM, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> 2010/3/24 Ernest Adrogué <eadrogue@gmx.net>:
> >>> Hi,
> >>>
> >>> Sorry for this slightly off-topic question..
> >>>
> >>> In a statistical model, what do you call the equation that
> >>> defines the independent variable in terms of one or more
> >>> dependent variables?
> 
> What the others said, except that we usually think of "the model" as
> expressing the dependent variable(s) in terms of the independent
> variable(s) (the opposite of what you wrote), so strictly speaking, I
> guess we'd call what you were asking for (if that's what you really
> meant) "the inverse model."

No, I didn't mean the inverse model, sorry about that, I wrote
it the other way around by mistake :)

Thanks for your comments, David, Josef & Robert.

> 
> DG
> 
> >>>
> >>> Is it the "model equation"? The "regression function"?
> >>> I have very good names for everything else, except for the
> >>> bloody equation :(
> >>
> >> "The model" is usually fine. For multidimensional linear regression,
> >> this is often called "the design matrix".
> >
> > just the equation is also often called the regression equation
> >
> > For the full specification, with distribution of the error term and
> > other statistical assumptions, we often use "statistical model" (to
> > distinguish it from a model that we might get from the topic theory
> > e.g. economics)
> >
> > Josef
> >
> >>
> >> --
> >> Robert Kern
> >>
> >> "I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless
> >> enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
> >> though it had an underlying truth."
> >>  -- Umberto Eco
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