[SciPy-User] Terminology question

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Wed Mar 24 12:16:59 CDT 2010

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?
>> 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)


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