[SciPy-User] Terminology question

David Goldsmith d.l.goldsmith@gmail....
Wed Mar 24 16:11:49 CDT 2010

```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:
>>> 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."

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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