Meaning of regression analysis

regres'sion anal"ysis

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a procedure for determining a relationship between a dependent variable, as predicted success in college, and an independent variable, as a score on a scholastic aptitude test, for a given population. The relationship is expressed as an equation for a lineor curvein which any coefficientof the independent variable in the equation has been determined from a sample population.
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