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NAG Toolbox Chapter Introduction
G02 — Correlation and Regression Analysis
Scope of the Chapter
This chapter is concerned with two techniques – correlation analysis and regression modelling – both of which are concerned with determining the interrelationships among two or more variables.
Other chapters of the NAG Toolbox which cover similar problems are
Chapters E02 and
E04.
Chapter E02 functions may be used to fit linear models by criteria other than least squares, and also for polynomial regression;
Chapter E04 functions may be used to fit nonlinear models and linearly constrained linear models.
Background to the Problems
Correlation
Aims of correlation analysis
Correlation analysis provides a single summary statistic – the correlation coefficient – describing the strength of the association between two variables. The most common types of association which are investigated by correlation analysis are linear relationships, and there are a number of forms of linear correlation coefficients for use with different types of data.
Correlation coefficients
The (Pearson) productmoment correlation coefficients measure a linear relationship, while Kendall's tau and Spearman's rank order correlation coefficients measure monotonicity only. All three coefficients range from − 1.0$1.0$ to + 1.0$+1.0$. A coefficient of zero always indicates that no linear relationship exists; a + 1.0$+1.0$ coefficient implies a ‘perfect’ positive relationship (i.e., an increase in one variable is always associated with a corresponding increase in the other variable); and a coefficient of − 1.0$1.0$ indicates a ‘perfect’ negative relationship (i.e., an increase in one variable is always associated with a corresponding decrease in the other variable).
Consider the bivariate scattergrams in
Figure 1: (a) and (b) show strictly linear functions for which the values of the productmoment correlation coefficient, and (since a linear function is also monotonic) both Kendall's tau and Spearman's rank order coefficients, would be
+ 1.0$+1.0$ and
− 1.0$1.0$ respectively. However, though the relationships in figures (c) and (d) are respectively monotonically increasing and monotonically decreasing, for which both Kendall's and Spearman's nonparametric coefficients would be
+ 1.0$+1.0$ (in (c)) and
− 1.0$1.0$ (in (d)), the functions are nonlinear so that the productmoment coefficients would not take such ‘perfect’ extreme values. There is no obvious relationship between the variables in figure (e), so all three coefficients would assume values close to zero, while in figure (f) though there is an obvious parabolic relationship between the two variables, it would not be detected by any of the correlation coefficients which would again take values near to zero; it is important therefore to examine scattergrams as well as the correlation coefficients.
In order to decide which type of correlation is the most appropriate, it is necessary to appreciate the different groups into which variables may be classified. Variables are generally divided into four types of scales: the nominal scale, the ordinal scale, the interval scale, and the ratio scale. The nominal scale is used only to categorise data; for each category a name, perhaps numeric, is assigned so that two different categories will be identified by distinct names. The ordinal scale, as well as categorising the observations, orders the categories. Each category is assigned a distinct identifying symbol, in such a way that the order of the symbols corresponds to the order of the categories. (The most common system for ordinal variables is to assign numerical identifiers to the categories, though if they have previously been assigned alphabetic characters, these may be transformed to a numerical system by any convenient method which preserves the ordering of the categories.) The interval scale not only categorises and orders the observations, but also quantifies the comparison between categories; this necessitates a common unit of measurement and an arbitrary zeropoint. Finally, the ratio scale is similar to the interval scale, except that it has an absolute (as opposed to arbitrary) zeropoint.
For a more complete discussion of these four types of scales, and some examples, you are referred to
Churchman and Ratoosh (1959) and
Hays (1970).
Figure 1
Productmoment correlation coefficients are used with variables which are interval (or ratio) scales; these coefficients measure the amount of spread about the linear least squares equation. For a productmoment correlation coefficient,
r$r$, based on
n$n$ pairs of observations, testing against the null hypothesis that there is no correlation between the two variables, the statistic
has a Student's
t$t$distribution with
n − 2$n2$ degrees of freedom; its significance can be tested accordingly.
Ranked and ordinal scale data are generally analysed by nonparametric methods – usually either Spearman's or Kendall's tau rank order correlation coefficients, which, as their names suggest, operate solely on the ranks, or relative orders, of the data values. Interval or ratio scale variables may also be validly analysed by nonparametric methods, but such techniques are statistically less powerful than a productmoment method. For a Spearman rank order correlation coefficient,
R$R$, based on
n$n$ pairs of observations, testing against the null hypothesis that there is no correlation between the two variables, for large samples the statistic
has approximately a Student's
t$t$distribution with
n − 2$n2$ degrees of freedom, and may be treated accordingly. (This is similar to the productmoment correlation coefficient,
r$r$, see above.) Kendall's tau coefficient, based on
n$n$ pairs of observations, has, for large samples, an approximately Normal distribution with mean zero and standard deviation
when tested against the null hypothesis that there is no correlation between the two variables; the coefficient should therefore be divided by this standard deviation and tested against the standard Normal distribution,
N(0,1)$\mathrm{N}(0,1)$.
When the number of ordinal categories a variable takes is large, and the number of ties is relatively small, Spearman's rank order correlation coefficients have advantages over Kendall's tau; conversely, when the number of categories is small, or there are a large number of ties, Kendall's tau is usually preferred. Thus when the ordinal scale is more or less continuous, Spearman's rank order coefficients are preferred, whereas Kendall's tau is used when the data is grouped into a smaller number of categories; both measures do however include corrections for the occurrence of ties, and the basic concepts underlying the two coefficients are quite similar. The absolute value of Kendall's tau coefficient tends to be slightly smaller than Spearman's coefficient for the same set of data.
There is no authoritative dictum on the selection of correlation coefficients – particularly on the advisability of using correlations with ordinal data. This is a matter of discretion for you.
Partial correlation
The correlation coefficients described above measure the association between two variables ignoring any other variables in the system. Suppose there are three variables
X,Y$X,Y$ and
Z$Z$ as shown in the path diagram below.
Figure 2
The association between
Y$Y$ and
Z$Z$ is made up of the direct association between
Y$Y$ and
Z$Z$ and the association caused by the path through
X$X$, that is the association of both
Y$Y$ and
Z$Z$ with the third variable
X$X$. For example if
Z$Z$ and
Y$Y$ were cholesterol level and blood pressure and
X$X$ were age since both blood pressure and cholesterol level may increase with age the correlation between blood pressure and cholesterol level eliminating the effect of age is required.
The correlation between two variables eliminating the effect of a third variable is known as the partial correlation. If
ρ_{zy}${\rho}_{zy}$,
ρ_{zx}${\rho}_{zx}$ and
ρ_{xy}${\rho}_{xy}$ represent the correlations between
x$x$,
y$y$ and
z$z$ then the partial correlation between
Z$Z$ and
Y$Y$ given
X$X$ is
The partial correlation is then estimated by using productmoment correlation coefficients.
In general, let a set of variables be partitioned into two groups
Y$Y$ and
X$X$ with
n_{y}${n}_{y}$ variables in
Y$Y$ and
n_{x}${n}_{x}$ variables in
X$X$ and let the variancecovariance matrix of all
n_{y} + n_{x}${n}_{y}+{n}_{x}$ variables be partitioned into
Then the variancecovariance of
Y$Y$ conditional on fixed values of the
X$X$ variables is given by
The partial correlation matrix is then computed by standardizing
Σ_{y ∣ x}${\Sigma}_{y\mid x}$.
Robust estimation of correlation coefficients
The productmoment correlation coefficient can be greatly affected by the presence of a few extreme observations or outliers. There are robust estimation procedures which aim to decrease the effect of extreme values.
Mathematically these methods can be described as follows. A robust estimate of the variancecovariance matrix,
C$C$, can be written as
where
τ^{2}${\tau}^{2}$ is a correction factor to give an unbiased estimator if the data is Normal and
A$A$ is a lower triangular matrix. Let
x_{i}${x}_{i}$ be the vector of values for the
i$i$th observation and let
z_{i} = A(x_{i} − θ)${z}_{i}=A({x}_{i}\theta )$,
θ$\theta $ being a robust estimate of location, then
θ$\theta $ and
A$A$ are found as solutions to
and
where
w(t)$w\left(t\right)$,
u(t)$u\left(t\right)$ and
v(t)$v\left(t\right)$ are functions such that they return a value of
1$1$ for reasonable values of
t$t$ and decreasing values for large
t$t$. The correlation matrix can then be calculated from the variancecovariance matrix. If
w$w$,
u$u$, and
v$v$ returned
1$1$ for all values then the productmoment correlation coefficient would be calculated.
Missing values
When there are missing values in the data these may be handled in one of two ways. Firstly, if a case contains a missing observation for any variable, then that case is omitted in its entirety from all calculations; this may be termed casewise treatment of missing data. Secondly, if a case contains a missing observation for any variable, then the case is omitted from only those calculations involving the variable for which the value is missing; this may be called pairwise treatment of missing data. Pairwise deletion of missing data has the advantage of using as much of the data as possible in the computation of each coefficient. In extreme circumstances, however, it can have the disadvantage of producing coefficients which are based on a different number of cases, and even on different selections of cases or samples; furthermore, the ‘correlation’ matrices formed in this way need not necessarily be positive semidefinite, a requirement for a correlation matrix. Casewise deletion of missing data generally causes fewer cases to be used in the calculation of the coefficients than does pairwise deletion. How great this difference is will obviously depend on the distribution of the missing data, both among cases and among variables.
Pairwise treatment does therefore use more information from the sample, but should not be used without careful consideration of the location of the missing observations in the data matrix, and the consequent effect of processing the missing data in that fashion.
Nearest Correlation Matrix
A correlation matrix is, by definition, a symmetric, positive semidefinite matrix with unit diagonals and all elements in the range
[ − 1,1]$[1,1]$.
In practice, rather than having a true correlation matrix, you may find that you have a matrix of pairwise correlations. This usually occurs in the presence of missing values, when the missing values are treated in a pairwise fashion as discussed in
Section [Missing values]. Matrices constructed in this way may not be not positive semidefinite, and therefore are not a valid correlation matrix. However, a valid correlation matrix can be calculated that is in some sense ‘close’ to the original.
Given an
n × n$n\times n$ matrix,
G$G$, there are a number of available ways of computing the ‘nearest’ correlation matrix,
Σ$\Sigma $ to
G$G$:
(a) 
Frobenius Norm
Find Σ$\Sigma $ such that
is minimized.
Where S$S$ is the symmetric matrix defined as
S
=
(1/2)
(G + G^{T})
$S=\frac{1}{2}(G+{G}^{\mathrm{T}})$ and s_{ij}${s}_{ij}$ and σ_{ij}${\sigma}_{ij}$ denotes the elements of S$S$ and Σ$\Sigma $ respectively.
A weighted Frobenius norm can also be used. The term being summed across therefore becomes
w_{i}
w_{j}
(s_{ij} − σ_{ij})^{2}
${w}_{i}{w}_{j}{({s}_{ij}{\sigma}_{ij})}^{2}$ if row and column weights are being used or
w_{ij}
(s_{ij} − σ_{ij})^{2}
${w}_{ij}{({s}_{ij}{\sigma}_{ij})}^{2}$ when elementwise weights are used.

(b) 
Factor Loading Method
This method is similar to (a) in that it finds a Σ$\Sigma $ that is closest to S$S$ in the Frobenius norm. However, it also ensures that Σ$\Sigma $ has a k$k$factor structure, that is Σ$\Sigma $ can be written as
where I$I$ is the identity matrix and X$X$ has n$n$ rows and k$k$ columns.
X$X$ is often referred to as the factor loading matrix. This problem primarily arises when a factor model ξ = Xη + Dε$\xi =X\eta +D\epsilon $ is used to describe a multivariate time series or collateralized debt obligations. In this model η ∈ ℝ^{k}$\eta \in {\mathbb{R}}^{k}$ and ξ ∈ ℝ^{n}$\xi \in {\mathbb{R}}^{n}$ are vectors of independent random variables having zero mean and unit variance, with η$\eta $ and ε$\epsilon $ independent of each other, and X ∈ ℝ^{n × k}$X\in {\mathbb{R}}^{n\times k}$ with D ∈ ℝ^{n × n}$D\in {\mathbb{R}}^{n\times n}$ diagonal. In the case of modelling debt obligations ξ$\xi $ can, for example, model the equity returns of n$n$ different companies of a portfolio where η$\eta $ describes k$k$ factors influencing all companies, in contrast to the elements of ε$\epsilon $ having only an effect on the equity of the corresponding company. With this model the complex behaviour of a portfolio, with potentially thousands of equities, is captured by looking at the major factors driving the behaviour.
The number of factors usually chosen is a lot smaller than n$n$, perhaps between 1$1$ and 10$10$, yielding a large reduction in the complexity. The number of the factors, k$k$, which yields a matrix X$X$ such that ‖G − XX^{T} + diag(I − XX^{T})‖_{F}${\Vert GX{X}^{\mathrm{T}}+\mathrm{diag}(IX{X}^{\mathrm{T}})\Vert}_{F}$ is within a required tolerance can also be determined, by experimenting with the input k$k$ and comparing the norms.

Regression
Aims of regression modelling
In regression analysis the relationship between one specific random variable, the dependent or response variable, and one or more known variables, called the independent variables or covariates, is studied. This relationship is represented by a mathematical model, or an equation, which associates the dependent variable with the independent variables, together with a set of relevant assumptions. The independent variables are related to the dependent variable by a function, called the regression function, which involves a set of unknown parameters. Values of the parameters which give the best fit for a given set of data are obtained; these values are known as the estimates of the parameters.
The reasons for using a regression model are twofold. The first is to obtain a
description of the relationship between the variables as an indicator of possible causality. The second reason is to
predict the value of the dependent variable from a set of values of the independent variables. Accordingly, the most usual statistical problems involved in regression analysis are:
(i) 
to obtain best estimates of the unknown regression parameters; 
(ii) 
to test hypotheses about these parameters; 
(iii) 
to determine the adequacy of the assumed model; and 
(iv) 
to verify the set of relevant assumptions. 
Regression models and designed experiments
One application of regression models is in the analysis of experiments. In this case the model relates the dependent variable to qualitative independent variables known as
factors. Factors may take a number of different values known as
levels. For example, in an experiment in which one of four different treatments is applied, the model will have one factor with four levels. Each level of the factor can be represented by a dummy variable taking the values
0$0$ or
1$1$. So in the example there are four dummy variables
x_{j}${x}_{j}$, for
j = 1,2,3,4$\mathit{j}=1,2,3,4$, such that:
along with a variable for the mean
x_{0}${x}_{0}$:
If there were
7$7$ observations the data would be:
When dummy variables are used it is common for the model not to be of full rank. In the case above, the model would not be of full rank because
This means that the effect of x_{4}${x}_{4}$ cannot be distinguished from the combined effect of x_{0},x_{1},x_{2}${x}_{0},{x}_{1},{x}_{2}$ and x_{3}${x}_{3}$. This is known as aliasing. In this situation, the aliasing can be deduced from the experimental design and as a result the model to be fitted; in such situations it is known as intrinsic aliasing. In the example above no matter how many times each treatment is replicated (other than 0$0$) the aliasing will still be present. If the aliasing is due to a particular dataset to which the model is to be fitted then it is known as extrinsic aliasing. If in the example above observation 1$1$ was missing then the x_{1}${x}_{1}$ term would also be aliased. In general intrinsic aliasing may be overcome by changing the model, e.g., remove x_{0}${x}_{0}$ or x_{1}${x}_{1}$ from the model, or by introducing constraints on the parameters, e.g., β_{1} + β_{2} + β_{3} + β_{4} = 0${\beta}_{1}+{\beta}_{2}+{\beta}_{3}+{\beta}_{4}=0$.
If aliasing is present then there will no longer be a unique set of least squares estimates for the parameters of the model but the fitted values will still have a unique estimate. Some linear functions of the parameters will also have unique estimates; these are known as estimable functions. In the example given above the functions (β_{0} + β_{1}${\beta}_{0}+{\beta}_{1}$) and (β_{2} − β_{3}${\beta}_{2}{\beta}_{3}$) are both estimable.
Selecting the regression model
In many situations there are several possible independent variables, not all of which may be needed in the model. In order to select a suitable set of independent variables, two basic approaches can be used.
(a) 
All possible regressions
In this case all the possible combinations of independent variables are fitted and the one considered the best selected. To choose the best, two conflicting criteria have to be balanced. One is the fit of the model which will improve as more variables are added to the model. The second criterion is the desire to have a model with a small number of significant terms. Depending on how the model is fit, statistics such as R^{2}${R}^{2}$, which gives the proportion of variation explained by the model, and C_{p}${C}_{p}$, which tries to balance the size of the residual sum of squares against the number of terms in the model, can be used to aid in the choice of model.

(b) 
Stepwise model building
In stepwise model building the regression model is constructed recursively, adding or deleting the independent variables one at a time. When the model is built up the procedure is known as forward selection. The first step is to choose the single variable which is the best predictor. The second independent variable to be added to the regression equation is that which provides the best fit in conjunction with the first variable. Further variables are then added in this recursive fashion, adding at each step the optimum variable, given the other variables already in the equation. Alternatively, backward elimination can be used. This is when all variables are added and then the variables dropped one at a time, the variable dropped being the one which has the least effect on the fit of the model at that stage. There are also hybrid techniques which combine forward selection with backward elimination.

Linear Regression Models
When the regression model is linear in the parameters (but not necessarily in the independent variables), then the regression model is said to be linear; otherwise the model is classified as nonlinear.
The most elementary form of regression model is the
simple linear regression of the dependent variable,
Y$Y$, on a single independent variable,
x$x$, which takes the form
where
E(Y)$E\left(Y\right)$ is the expected or average value of
Y$Y$ and
β_{0}${\beta}_{0}$ and
β_{1}${\beta}_{1}$ are the parameters whose values are to be estimated, or, if the regression is required to pass through the origin (i.e., no constant term),
where
β_{1}${\beta}_{1}$ is the only unknown parameter.
An extension of this is
multiple linear regression in which the dependent variable,
Y$Y$, is regressed on the
p$p$ (
p > 1$p>1$) independent variables,
x_{1},x_{2}, … ,x_{p}${x}_{1},{x}_{2},\dots ,{x}_{p}$, which takes the form
where
β_{1},β_{2}, … ,β_{p}${\beta}_{1},{\beta}_{2},\dots ,{\beta}_{p}$ and
β_{0}${\beta}_{0}$ are the unknown parameters. Multiple linear regression models test include factors are sometimes known as
General Linear (Regression) Models.
A special case of multiple linear regression is polynomial linear regression, in which the p$p$ independent variables are in fact powers of the same single variable x$x$ (i.e., x_{j} = x^{j}${x}_{j}={x}^{j}$, for j = 1,2, … ,p$\mathit{j}=1,2,\dots ,p$).
In this case, the model defined by
(3) becomes
There are a great variety of
nonlinear regression models; one of the most common is
exponential regression, in which the equation may take the form
It should be noted that equation
(4) represents a
linear regression, since even though the equation is not linear in the independent variable,
x$x$, it is linear in the parameters
β_{0},β_{1},β_{2}, … . ,β_{p}${\beta}_{0},{\beta}_{1},{\beta}_{2},\dots .,{\beta}_{p}$, whereas the regression model of equation
(5) is
nonlinear, as it is nonlinear in the parameters (
a$a$,
b$b$ and
c$c$).
Fitting the regression model – least squares estimation
One method used to determine values for the parameters is, based on a given set of data, to minimize the sums of squares of the differences between the observed values of the dependent variable and the values predicted by the regression equation for that set of data – hence the term
least squares estimation. For example, if a regression model of the type given by equation
(3), namely
where
x_{0} = 1${x}_{0}=1$ for all observations, is to be fitted to the
n$n$ data points
such that
where
e_{i}${e}_{i}$ are unknown independent random errors with
E(e_{i}) = 0$E\left({e}_{i}\right)=0$ and
var(e_{i}) = σ^{2}$\mathrm{var}\left({e}_{i}\right)={\sigma}^{2}$,
σ^{2}${\sigma}^{2}$ being a constant, then the method used is to calculate the estimates of the regression parameters
β_{0},β_{1},β_{2}, … ,β_{p}${\beta}_{0},{\beta}_{1},{\beta}_{2},\dots ,{\beta}_{p}$ by minimizing
If the errors do not have constant variance, i.e.,
then
weighted least squares estimation is used in which
is minimized. For a more complete discussion of these least squares regression methods, and details of the mathematical techniques used, see
Draper and Smith (1985) or
Kendall and Stuart (1973).
Computational methods for least squares regression
Let
X$X$ be the
n$n$ by
p$p$ matrix of independent variables and
y$y$ be the vector of values for the dependent variable. To find the least squares estimates of the vector of parameters,
β̂$\hat{\beta}$, the
QR$QR$ decomposition of
X$X$ is found, i.e.,
where
R^{*} =
${R}^{*}=\left(\begin{array}{c}R\\ 0\end{array}\right)$,
R$R$ being a
p$p$ by
p$p$ upper triangular matrix, and
Q$Q$ an
n$n$ by
n$n$ orthogonal matrix. If
R$R$ is of full rank then
β̂$\hat{\beta}$ is the solution to
where
c = Q^{T}y$c={Q}^{\mathrm{T}}y$ and
c_{1}${c}_{1}$ is the first
p$p$ rows of
c$c$. If
R$R$ is not of full rank, a solution is obtained by means of a singular value decomposition (SVD) of
R$R$,
where
D$D$ is a
k$k$ by
k$k$ diagonal matrix with nonzero diagonal elements,
k$k$ being the rank of
R$R$, and
Q_{*}${Q}_{*}$ and
P$P$ are
p$p$ by
p$p$ orthogonal matrices. This gives the solution
P_{1}${P}_{1}$ being the first k$k$ columns of P$P$ and Q_{*1}${Q}_{{*}_{1}}$ being the first k$k$ columns of Q_{*}${Q}_{*}$.
This will be only one of the possible solutions. Other estimates may be obtained by applying constraints to the parameters. If weighted regression with a vector of weights w$w$ is required then both X$X$ and y$y$ are premultiplied by w^{1 / 2}${w}^{1/2}$.
The method described above will, in general, be more accurate than methods based on forming (
X^{T}X${X}^{\mathrm{T}}X$), (or a scaled version), and then solving the equations
Examining the fit of the model
Having fitted a model two questions need to be asked: first, ‘are all the terms in the model needed?’ and second, ‘is there some systematic lack of fit?’. To answer the first question either confidence intervals can be computed for the parameters or
t$t$tests can be calculated to test hypotheses about the regression parameters – for example, whether the value of the parameter,
β_{k}${\beta}_{k}$, is significantly different from a specified value,
b_{k}${b}_{k}$ (often zero). If the estimate of
β_{k}${\beta}_{k}$ is
β̂_{k}${\hat{\beta}}_{k}$ and its standard error is
se(β̂_{k})$\mathrm{se}\left({\hat{\beta}}_{k}\right)$ then the
t$t$statistic is
It should be noted that both the tests and the confidence intervals may not be independent. Alternatively
F$F$tests based on the residual sums of squares for different models can also be used to test the significance of terms in the model. If model
1$1$, giving residual sum of squares
RSS_{1}${\mathit{RSS}}_{1}$ with degrees of freedom
ν_{1}${\nu}_{1}$, is a submodel of model
2$2$, giving residual sum of squares
RSS_{2}${\mathit{RSS}}_{2}$ with degrees of freedom
ν_{2}${\nu}_{2}$, i.e., all terms in model
1$1$ are also in model
2$2$, then to test if the extra terms in model
2$2$ are needed the
F$F$statistic
may be used. These tests and confidence intervals require the additional assumption that the errors,
e_{i}${e}_{i}$, are Normally distributed.
To check for systematic lack of fit the residuals, r_{i} = y_{i} − ŷ_{i}${r}_{i}={y}_{i}{\hat{y}}_{i}$, where ŷ_{i}${\hat{y}}_{i}$ is the fitted value, should be examined. If the model is correct then they should be random with no discernible pattern. Due to the way they are calculated the residuals do not have constant variance. Now the vector of fitted values can be written as a linear combination of the vector of observations of the dependent variable, y$y$, ŷ = Hy$\hat{y}=Hy$. The variancecovariance matrix of the residuals is then (I − H)σ^{2}$(IH){\sigma}^{2}$, I$I$ being the identity matrix. The diagonal elements of H$H$, h_{ii}${h}_{ii}$, can therefore be used to standardize the residuals. The h_{ii}${h}_{ii}$ are a measure of the effect of the i$i$th observation on the fitted model and are sometimes known as leverages.
If the observations were taken serially the residuals may also be used to test the assumption of the independence of the e_{i}${e}_{i}$ and hence the independence of the observations.
Ridge regression
When data on predictor variables
x$x$ are multicollinear,
ridge regression models provide an alternative to variable selection in the multiple regression model. In the ridge regression case, parameter estimates in the linear model are found by penalised least squares:
where the value of the ridge parameter
h$h$ controls the tradeoff between the goodnessoffit and smoothness of a solution.
Robust Estimation
Least squares regression can be greatly affected by a small number of unusual, atypical, or extreme observations. To protect against such occurrences, robust regression methods have been developed. These methods aim to give less weight to an observation which seems to be out of line with the rest of the data given the model under consideration. That is to seek to bound the influence. For a discussion of influence in regression, see
Hampel et al. (1986) and
Huber (1981).
There are two ways in which an observation for a regression model can be considered atypical. The values of the independent variables for the observation may be atypical or the residual from the model may be large.
The first problem of atypical values of the independent variables can be tackled by calculating weights for each observation which reflect how atypical it is, i.e., a strongly atypical observation would have a low weight. There are several ways of finding suitable weights; some are discussed in
Hampel et al. (1986).
The second problem is tackled by bounding the contribution of the individual
e_{i}${e}_{i}$ to the criterion to be minimized. When minimizing
(7) a set of linear equations is formed, the solution of which gives the least squares estimates. The equations are
These equations are replaced by
where
σ^{2}${\sigma}^{2}$ is the variance of the
e_{i}${e}_{i}$, and
ψ$\psi $ is a suitable function which down weights large values of the standardized residuals
e_{i} / σ${e}_{i}/\sigma $. There are several suggested forms for
ψ$\psi $, one of which is Huber's function,
The solution to
(8) gives the
M$M$estimates of the regression coefficients. The weights can be included in
(8) to protect against both types of extreme value. The parameter
σ$\sigma $ can be estimated by the median absolute deviations of the residuals or as a solution to, in the unweighted case,
where
χ$\chi $ is a suitable function and
β$\beta $ is a constant chosen to make the estimate unbiased.
χ$\chi $ is often chosen to be
ψ^{2} / 2${\psi}^{2}/2$ where
ψ$\psi $ is given in
(9). Another form of robust regression is to minimize the sum of absolute deviations, i.e.,
For details of robust regression, see
Hampel et al. (1986) and
Huber (1981).
Robust regressions using least absolute deviations can be computed using functions in
Chapter E02.
Generalized Linear Models
Generalized linear models are an extension of the general linear regression model discussed above. They allow a wide range of models to be fitted. These included certain nonlinear regression models, logistic and probit regression models for binary data, and loglinear models for contingency tables. A generalized linear model consists of three basic components:
(a) 
A suitable distribution for the dependent variable Y$Y$. The following distributions are common:
(i) 
Normal 
(ii) 
binomial 
(iii) 
Poisson 
(iv) 
gamma 
In addition to the obvious uses of models with these distributions it should be noted that the Poisson distribution can be used in the analysis of contingency tables while the gamma distribution can be used to model variance components. The effect of the choice of the distribution is to define the relationship between the expected value of Y$Y$, E(Y) = μ$E\left(Y\right)=\mu $, and its variance and so a generalized linear model with one of the above distributions may be used in a wider context when that relationship holds.

(b) 
A linear model η = ∑ β_{j}x_{j}$\eta =\sum {\beta}_{j}{x}_{j}$, η$\eta $ is known as a linear predictor. 
(c) 
A link function g( · )$g(\xb7)$ between the expected value of Y$Y$ and the linear predictor, g(μ) = η$g\left(\mu \right)=\eta $. The following link functions are available:
For the binomial distribution ε$\epsilon $, observing y$y$ out of t$t$:
(i) 
logistic link: η = log(μ/(t − μ))
$\eta =\mathrm{log}\left(\frac{\mu}{t\mu}\right)$; 
(ii) 
probit link: η = Φ^{ − 1}
(μ/t)
$\eta ={\Phi}^{1}\left(\frac{\mu}{t}\right)$; 
(iii) 
complementary loglog: η = log( − log(1 − μ/t))
$\eta =\mathrm{log}(\mathrm{log}(1\frac{\mu}{t}))$. 
For the Normal, Poisson, and gamma distributions:
(i) 
exponent link: η = μ^{a}$\eta ={\mu}^{a}$, for a constant a$a$; 
(ii) 
identity link: η = μ$\eta =\mu $; 
(iii) 
log link: η = logμ$\eta =\mathrm{log}\mu $; 
(iv) 
square root link: η = sqrt(μ)$\eta =\sqrt{\mu}$; 
(v) 
reciprocal link: η = 1/μ
$\eta =\frac{1}{\mu}$. 
For each distribution there is a canonical link. For the canonical link there exist sufficient statistics for the parameters. The canonical links are:
(i) 
Normal – identity; 
(ii) 
binomial – logistic; 
(iii) 
Poisson – logarithmic; 
(iv) 
gamma – reciprocal. 
For the general linear regression model described above the three components are:
(i) 
Distribution – Normal; 
(ii) 
Linear model – ∑ β_{j}x_{j}$\sum {\beta}_{j}{x}_{j}$; 
(iii) 
Link – identity. 

The model is fitted by maximum likelihood; this is equivalent to least squares in the case of the Normal distribution. The residual sums of squares used in regression models is generalized to the concept of deviance. The deviance is the logarithm of the ratio of the likelihood of the model to the full model in which μ̂_{i} = y_{i}${\hat{\mu}}_{i}={y}_{i}$, where μ̂_{i}${\hat{\mu}}_{i}$ is the estimated value of μ_{i}${\mu}_{i}$. For the Normal distribution the deviance is the residual sum of squares. Except for the case of the Normal distribution with the identity link, the χ^{2}${\chi}^{2}$ and F$F$tests based on the deviance are only approximate; also the estimates of the parameters will only be approximately Normally distributed. Thus only approximate z$z$ or t$t$tests may be performed on the parameter values and approximate confidence intervals computed.
The estimates are found by using an iterative weighted least squares procedure. This is equivalent to the Fisher scoring method in which the Hessian matrix used in the Newton–Raphson method is replaced by its expected value. In the case of canonical links the Fisher scoring method and the Newton–Raphson method are identical. Starting values for the iterative procedure are obtained by replacing the μ_{i}${\mu}_{i}$ by y_{i}${y}_{i}$ in the appropriate equations.
Linear Mixed Effects Regression
In a standard linear model the independent (or explanatory) variables are assumed to take the same set of values for all units in the population of interest. This type of variable is called fixed. In contrast, an independent variable that fluctuates over the different units is said to be random. Modelling a variable as fixed allows conclusions to be drawn only about the particular set of values observed. Modelling a variable as random allows the results to be generalized to the different levels that may have been observed. In general, if the effects of the levels of a variable are thought of as being drawn from a probability distribution of such effects then the variable is random. If the levels are not a sample of possible levels then the variable is fixed. In practice many qualitative variables can be considered as having fixed effects and most blocking, sampling design, control and repeated measures as having random effects.
In a general linear regression model, defined by
where 
y$y$ is a vector of n$n$ observations on the dependent variable, 

X$X$ is an n$n$ by p$p$ design matrix of independent variables, 

β$\beta $ is a vector of p$p$ unknown parameters, 
and 
ε$\epsilon $ is a vector of n$n$, independent and identically distributed, unknown errors, with
ε
~
N
(0,σ^{2})
$\epsilon ~N(0,{\sigma}^{2})$,

there are
p$p$ fixed effects (the
β$\beta $) and a single
random effect (the error term
ε$\epsilon $).
An extension to the general linear regression model that allows for additional
random effects is the linear mixed effects regression model, (sometimes called the variance components model). One parameterisation of a linear mixed effects model is
where 
y$y$ is a vector of n$n$ observations on the dependent variable, 

X$X$ is an n$n$ by p$p$ design matrix of fixed independent variables, 

β$\beta $ is a vector of p$p$ unknown fixed effects, 

Z$Z$ is an n$n$ by q$q$ design matrix of random independent variables, 

ν$\nu $ is a vector of length q$q$ of unknown random effects, 

ε$\epsilon $ is a vector of length n$n$ of unknown random errors, 
and
ν$\nu $ and
ε$\epsilon $ are normally distributed with expectation zero and variance / covariance matrix defined by
The functions currently available in this chapter are restricted to cases where
R =
σ_{R}^{2}
I
$R={\sigma}_{R}^{2}I$,
I$I$ is the n × n$n\times n$ identity matrix and G$G$ is a diagonal matrix. Given this restriction the random variables, Z$Z$, can be subdivided into g ≤ q$g\le q$ groups containing one or more variables. The variables in the i$i$th group are identically distributed with expectation zero and variance σ_{i}^{2}${\sigma}_{i}^{2}$. The model therefore contains three sets of unknowns, the fixed effects, β$\beta $, the random effects, ν$\nu $, and a vector of g + 1$g+1$ variance components, γ$\gamma $, with
γ
=
{σ_{1}^{2},σ_{2}^{2}, … ,,,σ_{g − 1}^{2},σ_{g}^{2},σ_{R}^{2}}
$\gamma =\{{\sigma}_{1}^{2},{\sigma}_{2}^{2},\dots ,,,{\sigma}_{g1}^{2},{\sigma}_{g}^{2},{\sigma}_{R}^{2}\}$. Rather than work directly with γ$\gamma $ and the full likelihood function, γ$\gamma $ is replaced by
γ^{*}
=
{
σ_{1}^{2}
/
σ_{R}^{2}
,
σ_{2}^{2}
/
σ_{R}^{2}
, … ,
σ_{g − 1}^{2}
/
σ_{R}^{2}
,
σ_{g}^{2}
/
σ_{R}^{2}
,1}
${\gamma}^{*}=\{{\sigma}_{1}^{2}/{\sigma}_{R}^{2},{\sigma}_{2}^{2}/{\sigma}_{R}^{2},\dots ,{\sigma}_{g1}^{2}/{\sigma}_{R}^{2},{\sigma}_{g}^{2}/{\sigma}_{R}^{2},1\}$ and the profiled likelihood function is used instead.
The model parameters are estimated using an iterative method based on maximizing either the restricted (profiled) likelihood function or the (profiled) likelihood functions. Fitting the model via restricted maximum likelihood involves maximizing the function
Whereas fitting the model via maximum likelihood involves maximizing
Once the final estimates for
γ^{*}
${\gamma}^{*}$ have been obtained, the value of
σ_{R}^{2}
${\sigma}_{R}^{2}$ is given by
Case weights,
W_{c}
${W}_{c}$, can be incorporated into the model by replacing
X^{T}X
${X}^{\mathrm{T}}X$ and
Z^{T}Z
${Z}^{\mathrm{T}}Z$ with
X^{T}W_{c}X
${X}^{\mathrm{T}}{W}_{c}X$ and
Z^{T}W_{c}Z
${Z}^{\mathrm{T}}{W}_{c}Z$ respectively, for a diagonal weight matrix
W_{c}
${W}_{c}$.
Quantile Regression
Quantile regression is related to least squares regression in that both are interested in studying the relationship between a response variable and one or more independent or explanatory variables. However, whereas least squares regression is concerned with modelling the conditional mean of the dependent variable, quantile regression models the conditional τ$\tau $th quantile of the dependent variable, for some value of τ ∈ (0,1)$\tau \in (0,1)$. So, for example, τ = 0.5$\tau =0.5$ would be the median.
Throughout this section we will be making use of the following definitions:
(a) 
If Z$Z$ is a real valued random variable with distribution function F$F$ and density function f$f$, such that
then the τ$\tau $th quantile, α$\alpha $, can be defined as

(b) 
I
(L)
$I\left(L\right)$ denotes an indicator function taking the value 1$1$ if the logical expression L$L$ is true and 0 otherwise, e.g.,
I
(z < 0)
=
1
$I(z<0)=1$ if z < 0$z<0$ and 0$0$ if z ≥ 0$z\ge 0$. 
(c) 
y$y$ denotes a vector of n$n$ observations on the dependent (or response) variable,
y
=
{y_{i} : i = 1,2, … ,n}
$y=\{{y}_{i}:i=1,2,\dots ,n\}$.

(d) 
X$X$ denotes an n × p$n\times p$ matrix of explanatory or independent variables, often referred to as the design matrix, and x_{i}${x}_{i}$ denotes a column vector of length p$p$ which holds the i$i$th row of X$X$. 
Finding a sample quantile as an optimization problem
Consider the piecewise linear loss function
The minimum of the expectation
can be obtained by using the integral rule of Leibnitz to differentiate with respect to
z$z$ and then setting the result to zero, giving
hence
α
=
F^{
−
1
}
(τ)
$\alpha ={F}^{1}\left(\tau \right)$ when the solution is unique. If the solution is not unique then there exists a range of quantiles, each of which is equally valid. Taking the smallest value of such a range ensures that the empirical quantile function is leftcontinuous. Therefore obtaining the
τ$\tau $th quantile of a distribution
F$F$ can be achieved by minimizing the expected value of the loss function
ρ_{τ}${\rho}_{\tau}$.
This idea of obtaining the quantile by solving an optimization problem can be extended to finding the
τ$\tau $th sample quantile. Given a vector of
n$n$ observed values,
y$y$, from some distribution the empirical distribution function,
F_{n}
(α)
=
n^{ − 1}
∑ _{i = 1}^{n}
I
(y_{i} ≤ α)
${F}_{n}\left(\alpha \right)={n}^{1}{\displaystyle \sum _{\mathit{i}=1}^{n}}I({y}_{i}\le \alpha )$ provides an estimate of the unknown distribution function
F$F$ giving an expected loss of
and therefore the problem of finding the
τ$\tau $th sample quantile,
α̂
(τ)
$\hat{\alpha}\left(\tau \right)$, can be expressed as finding the solution to the problem
effectively replacing the operation of sorting, usually required when obtaining a sample quantile, with an optimization.
From least squares to quantile regression
Given the vector
y$y$ it is a well known result that the sample mean,
ŷ$\hat{y}$, solves the least squares problem
This result leads to least squares regression where, given design matrix
X$X$ and defining the conditional mean of
y$y$ as
μ
(X)
=
X
β
$\mu \left(X\right)=X\beta $, an estimate of
β$\beta $ is obtained from the solution to
Quantile regression can be derived in a similar manner by specifying the
τ$\tau $th conditional quantile as
Q_{y}
(τX)
=
X
β
(τ)
${Q}_{y}\left(\tau \rightX)=X\beta \left(\tau \right)$ and estimating
β
(τ)
$\beta \left(\tau \right)$ as the solution to
Quantile regression as a linear programming problem
By introducing
2n$2n$ slack variables,
u
=
{u_{i} : i = 1,2, … ,n}
$u=\{{u}_{i}:i=1,2,\dots ,n\}$ and
v
=
{u_{i} : i = 1,2, … ,n}
$v=\{{u}_{i}:i=1,2,\dots ,n\}$, the quantile regression minimization problem,
(10), can be expressed as a linear programming (LP) problem, with primal and associated dual formulations
(a) 
Primal form
where e$e$ is a vector of length n$n$, where each element is 1$1$.
If r_{i}${r}_{i}$ denotes the i$i$th residual,
r_{i}
=
y_{i}
−
x_{i}^{T}
β
${r}_{i}={y}_{i}{x}_{i}^{\mathrm{T}}\beta $, then the slack variables, (u,v)$(u,v)$, can be thought as corresponding to the absolute value of the positive and negative residuals respectively with

(b) 
Dual form
The dual formulation of (11) is given by
which, on setting a = d + (1 − τ)e$a=d+(1\tau )e$, is equivalent to

(c) 
Canonical form
Linear programming problems are often described in a standard way, called the canonical form. The canonical form of an LP problem is
Letting 0_{p}${0}_{p}$ denote a vector of p$p$ zeros ± ∞_{p}$\pm {\infty}_{p}$ denote a vector of p$p$ arbitarily small or large values, I_{n × n}${I}_{n\times n}$ denote the n × n$n\times n$ identity matrix, c = {a,b}$c=\{a,b\}$ denote the row vector constructed by concatenating the elements of vector b$b$ to the elements of vector a$a$ and C = [A,B]$C=[A,B]$ denote the matrix constructed by concatenating the columns of matrix B$B$ onto the columns of matrix A$A$ then setting
gives the quantile regression LP problem as described in (11).

Once expressed as an LP problem the parameter estimates
β̂(τ)$\hat{\beta}\left(\tau \right)$ can be obtained in a number of ways, for example via the inertiacontrolling method of
Gill and Murray (1978) (see
nag_opt_lp_solve (e04mf)), the simplex method or an interior point method as used by
nag_correg_quantile_linreg_easy (g02qf) and
nag_correg_quantile_linreg (g02qg).
Estimation of the covariance matrix
Koenker (2005) shows that the limiting covariance matrix of
sqrt(n)
(β̂(τ) − β(τ))
$\sqrt{n}(\hat{\beta}\left(\tau \right)\beta \left(\tau \right))$ is of the form of a Huber Sandwich. Therefore, under the assumption of Normally distributed errors
where
and
f_{i}
(Q_{yi}(τx_{i}))
${f}_{i}\left({Q}_{{y}_{i}}\left(\tau \right{x}_{i})\right)$ denotes the conditional density of the response
y$y$ evaluated at the
τ$\tau $th conditional quantile.
More generally, the asymptotic covariance matrix for
β̂
(τ_{1})
,
β̂
(τ_{1})
, … ,
β̂
(τ_{n})
$\hat{\beta}\left({\tau}_{1}\right),\hat{\beta}\left({\tau}_{1}\right),\dots ,\hat{\beta}\left({\tau}_{n}\right)$ has blocks defined by
Under the assumption of independent, identically distributed (iid) errors,
(13) simplifies to
where
s(τ)$s\left(\tau \right)$ is the sparsity function, given by
a similar simplification occurs with
(14).
In cases where the assumption of iid errors does not hold,
Powell (1991) suggests using a kernel estimator of the form
for some bandwidth parameter
c_{n}${c}_{n}$ satisfying
lim_{n → ∞}
c_{n}
→
0
$\underset{n\to \infty}{\mathrm{lim}}}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}{c}_{n}\to 0$ and
lim_{n → ∞}
sqrt(n)
c_{n}
→
∞
$\underset{n\to \infty}{\mathrm{lim}}}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\sqrt{n}{c}_{n}\to \infty $ and
Hendricks and Koenker (1991) suggest a method based on an extension of the idea of sparsity.
Rather than use an asymptotic estimate of the covariance matrix, it is also possible to use bootstrapping. Roughly speaking the original data is resampled and a set of parameter estimates obtained from each new sample. A sample covariance matrix is then constructed from the resulting matrix of parameter estimates.
Latent Variable Methods
Regression by means of projections to latent structures also known as partial least squares, is a latent variable linear model suited to data for which:
 the number of x$x$variables is high compared to the number of observations;
 x$x$variables and/or y$y$variables are multicollinear.
Latent variables are linear combinations of x$x$variables that explain variance in x$x$ and y$y$variables. These latent variables, known as factors, are extracted iteratively from the data. A choice of the number of factors to include in a model can be made by considering diagnostic statistics such as the variable influence on projections (VIP).
Recommendations on Choice and Use of Available Functions
Correlation
Productmoment correlation
Let
SS_{x}${\mathit{SS}}_{x}$ be the sum of squares of deviations from the mean,
x$\stackrel{}{x}$, for the variable
x$x$ for a sample of size
n$n$, i.e.,
and let
SC_{xy}${\mathit{SC}}_{xy}$ be the crossproducts of deviations from the means,
x$\stackrel{}{x}$ and
y$\stackrel{}{y}$, for the variables
x$x$ and
y$y$ for a sample of size
n$n$, i.e.,
Then the sample covariance of
x$x$ and
y$y$ is
and the productmoment correlation coefficient is
nag_correg_coeffs_pearson (g02ba) computes the productmoment correlation coefficients.
nag_correg_ssqmat_update (g02bt) updates the sample sums of squares and crossproducts and deviations from the means by the addition/deletion of a (weighted) observation.
nag_correg_ssqmat (g02bu) computes the sample sums of squares and crossproducts deviations from the means (optionally weighted). The output from multiple calls to
nag_correg_ssqmat (g02bu) can be combined via a call to
nag_correg_ssqmat_combine (g02bz), allowing large datasets to be summarised across multiple processing units.
nag_correg_ssqmat_update (g02bt) updates the sample sums of squares and crossproducts and deviations from the means by the addition/deletion of a (weighted) observation.
nag_correg_ssqmat_to_corrmat (g02bw) computes the productmoment correlation coefficients from the sample sums of squares and crossproducts of deviations from the means.
The three functions compute only the upper triangle of the correlation matrix which is stored in a onedimensional array in packed form.
nag_correg_corrmat (g02bx) computes both the (optionally weighted) covariance matrix and the (optionally weighted) correlation matrix. These are returned in twodimensional arrays. (Note that
nag_correg_ssqmat_update (g02bt) and
nag_correg_ssqmat (g02bu) can be used to compute the sums of squares from zero.)
nag_correg_coeffs_pearson_subset (g02bg) can be used to calculate the correlation coefficients for a subset of variables in the data matrix.
Productmoment correlation with missing values
If there are missing values then
nag_correg_ssqmat (g02bu) and
nag_correg_corrmat (g02bx), as described above, will allow casewise deletion by you giving the observation zero weight (compared with unit weight for an otherwise unweighted computation).
Other functions also handle missing values in the calculation of unweighted productmoment correlation coefficients. Casewise exclusion of missing values is provided by
nag_correg_coeffs_pearson_miss_case (g02bb) while pairwise omission of missing values is carried out by
nag_correg_coeffs_pearson_miss_pair (g02bc). These two functions calculate a correlation matrix for all the variables in the data matrix; similar output but for only a selected subset of variables is provided by functions
nag_correg_coeffs_pearson_subset_miss_case (g02bh) and
nag_correg_coeffs_pearson_subset_miss_pair (g02bj) respectively. As well as providing the Pearson productmoment correlation coefficients, these functions also calculate the means and standard deviations of the variables, and the matrix of sums of squares and crossproducts of deviations from the means. For all four functions you are free to select appropriate values for consideration as missing values, bearing in mind the nature of the data and the possible range of valid values. The missing values for each variable may be either different or alike and it is not necessary to specify missing values for all the variables.
Nonparametric correlation
There are five functions which perform nonparametric correlations, each of which is capable of producing both Spearman's rank order and Kendall's tau correlation coefficients. The basic underlying concept of both these methods is to replace each observation by its corresponding rank or order within the observations on that variable, and the correlations are then calculated using these ranks.
It is obviously more convenient to order the observations and calculate the ranks for a particular variable just once, and to store these ranks for subsequent use in calculating all coefficients involving that variable; this does however require an amount of store of the same size as the original data matrix, which in some cases might be excessive. Accordingly, some functions calculate the ranks only once, and replace the input data matrix by the matrix of ranks, which are then also made available to you on exit from the function, while others preserve the data matrix and calculate the ranks a number of times within the function; the ranks of the observations are not provided as output by functions which work in the latter way. If it is possible to arrange the program in such a way that the first technique can be used, then efficiency of timing is achieved with no additional storage, whereas in the second case, it is necessary to have a second matrix of the same size as the data matrix, which may not be acceptable in certain circumstances; in this case it is necessary to reach a compromise between efficiency of time and of storage, and this may well be dependent upon local conditions.
Functions
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman_overwrite (g02bn) and
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman (g02bq) both calculate Kendall's tau and/or Spearman's rank order correlation coefficients taking no account of missing values;
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman_overwrite (g02bn) does so by calculating the ranks of each variable only once, and replacing the data matrix by the matrix of ranks, whereas
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman (g02bq) calculates the ranks of each variable several times. Functions
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman_miss_case_overwrite (g02bp) and
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman_miss_case (g02br) provide the same output, but treat missing values in a ‘casewise’ manner (see above);
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman_miss_case_overwrite (g02bp) calculates the ranks of each variable only once, and overwrites the data matrix of ranks, while
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman_miss_case (g02br) determines the ranks of each variable several times. For ‘pairwise’ omission of missing data (see above), the function
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman_miss_pair (g02bs) provides Kendall and/or Spearman coefficients.
Since
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman_overwrite (g02bn) and
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman_miss_case_overwrite (g02bp) order the observations and calculate the ranks of each variable only once, then if there are
M$M$ variables involved, there are only
M$M$ separate ‘ranking’ operations; this should be contrasted with the method used by functions
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman (g02bq) and
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman_miss_case (g02br) which perform
M(M − 1) / 2 + 1$M(M1)/2+1$ similar ranking operations. These ranking operations are by far the most timeconsuming parts of these nonparametric functions, so for a matrix of as few as five variables, the time taken by one of the slower functions can be expected to be at least a factor of two slower than the corresponding efficient function; as the number of variables increases, so this relative efficiency factor increases. Only one function,
nag_correg_coeffs_kspearman_miss_pair (g02bs), is provided for pairwise missing values, and this function carries out
M(M − 1)$M(M1)$ separate rankings; since by the very nature of the pairwise method it is necessary to treat each pair of variables separately and rank them individually, it is impossible to reduce this number of operations, and so no alternative function is provided.
Partial correlation
nag_correg_corrmat_partial (g02by) computes a matrix of partial correlation coefficients from the correlation coefficients or variancecovariance matrix returned by
nag_correg_corrmat (g02bx).
Robust correlation
nag_correg_robustm_corr_user_deriv (g02hl) and
nag_correg_robustm_corr_user (g02hm) compute robust estimates of the variancecovariance matrix by solving the equations
and
as described in
Section [Robust estimation of correlation coefficients] for usersupplied functions
w$w$ and
u$u$. Two options are available for
v$v$, either
v(t) = 1$v\left(t\right)=1$ for all
t$t$ or
v(t) = u(t)$v\left(t\right)=u\left(t\right)$.
nag_correg_robustm_corr_user (g02hm) requires only the function
w$w$ and
u$u$ to be supplied while
nag_correg_robustm_corr_user_deriv (g02hl) also requires their derivatives.
In general
nag_correg_robustm_corr_user_deriv (g02hl) will be considerably faster than
nag_correg_robustm_corr_user (g02hm) and should be used if derivatives are available.
nag_correg_robustm_corr_huber (g02hk) computes a robust variancecovariance matrix for the following functions:
and
for constants
a_{u}${a}_{u}$,
b_{u}${b}_{u}$ and
c_{w}${c}_{w}$.
These functions solve a minimax space problem considered by
Huber (1981). The values of
a_{u}${a}_{u}$,
b_{u}${b}_{u}$ and
c_{w}${c}_{w}$ are calculated from the fraction of gross errors; see
Hampel et al. (1986) and
Huber (1981).
To compute a correlation matrix from the variancecovariance matrix
nag_correg_ssqmat_to_corrmat (g02bw) may be used.
Nearest correlation matrix
Four functions are provided to calculate a nearest correlation matrix. The choice of function will depend on what definition of ‘nearest’ is required and whether there is any particular structure desired in the resulting correlation matrix.
nag_correg_corrmat_nearest (g02aa) computes the nearest correlation matrix in the Frobenius norm, using the method of
Qi and Sun (2006).
nag_correg_corrmat_nearest_bounded (g02ab) uses an extension of the method implemented in
nag_correg_corrmat_nearest (g02aa) allowing for the row and column weighted Frobenius norm to be used as well as bounds on the eigenvalues of the resulting correlation matrix to be specified.
nag_correg_corrmat_nearest_kfactor (g02ae) computes the factor loading matrix, allowing a correlation matrix with a
k$k$factor structure to be computed.
nag_nearest_correlation_h_weight (g02aj) again computes the nearest correlation matrix in the Frobenius norm, but allows for elementwise weighting as well as bounds on the eigenvalues.
Regression
Simple linear regression
Four functions are provided for simple linear regressions:
nag_correg_linregs_const (g02ca) and
nag_correg_linregs_const_miss (g02cc) perform the simple linear regression with a constant term (equation
(1) above), while
nag_correg_linregs_noconst (g02cb) and
nag_correg_linregs_noconst_miss (g02cd) fit the simple linear regression with
no constant term (equation
(2) above). Two of these functions,
nag_correg_linregs_const_miss (g02cc) and
nag_correg_linregs_noconst_miss (g02cd), take account of missing values, which the others do not. In these two functions, an observation is omitted if it contains a missing value for either the dependent or the independent variable; this is equivalent to both the casewise and pairwise methods, since both are identical when there are only two variables involved. Input to these functions consists of the raw data, and output includes the coefficients, their standard errors and
t$t$ values for testing the significance of the coefficients; the
F$F$ value for testing the overall significance of the regression is also given.
Ridge regression
nag_correg_ridge_opt (g02ka) calculates a ridge regression, optimizing the ridge parameter according to one of four prediction error criteria.
nag_correg_ridge (g02kb) calculates ridge regressions for a given set of ridge parameters.
Polynomial regression and nonlinear regression
No functions are currently provided in this chapter for polynomial regression. If you wish to perform polynomial regressions you have three alternatives: you can use the multiple linear regression functions,
nag_correg_linregm_fit (g02da), with a set of independent variables which are in fact simply the same single variable raised to different powers, or you can use the function
nag_anova_dummyvars (g04ea) to compute orthogonal polynomials which can then be used with
nag_correg_linregm_fit (g02da), or you can use the functions in
Chapter E02 (Curve and Surface Fitting) which fit polynomials to sets of data points using the techniques of orthogonal polynomials. This latter course is to be preferred, since it is more efficient and liable to be more accurate, but in some cases more statistical information may be required than is provided by those functions, and it may be necessary to use the functions of this chapter.
More general nonlinear regression models may be fitted using the optimization functions in
Chapter E04, which contains functions to minimize the function
where the regression parameters are the variables of the minimization problem.
Multiple linear regression – general linear model
nag_correg_linregm_fit (g02da) fits a general linear regression model using the
QR$QR$ method and an SVD if the model is not of full rank. The results returned include: residual sum of squares, parameter estimates, their standard errors and variancecovariance matrix, residuals and leverages. There are also several functions to modify the model fitted by
nag_correg_linregm_fit (g02da) and to aid in the interpretation of the model.
nag_correg_linregm_obs_edit (g02dc) adds or deletes an observation from the model.
nag_correg_linregm_fit_newvar (g02dg) fits the regression to a new dependent variable, i.e., keeping the same independent variables.
nag_correg_linregm_constrain (g02dk) calculates the estimates of the parameters for a given set of constraints, (e.g., parameters for the levels of a factor sum to zero) for a model which is not of full rank and the SVD has been used.
nag_correg_linregm_estfunc (g02dn) calculates the estimate of an estimable function and its standard error.
Note: nag_correg_linregm_var_add (g02de) also allows you to initialize a model building process and then to build up the model by adding variables one at a time.
If you wish to use methods based on forming the crossproducts/correlation matrix (i.e., (
X^{T}X${X}^{\mathrm{T}}X$) matrix) rather than the recommended use of
nag_correg_linregm_fit (g02da) then the following functions should be used.
For regression through the origin (i.e., no constant)
nag_correg_linregm_coeffs_noconst (g02ch) preceded by:
For regression with intercept (i.e., with constant)
nag_correg_linregm_coeffs_const (g02cg) preceded by:
Note that the four functions using pairwise deletion of missing value (marked with * $*$) should be used with great caution as the use of this method can lead to misleading results, particularly if a significant proportion of values are missing.
Both
nag_correg_linregm_coeffs_const (g02cg) and
nag_correg_linregm_coeffs_noconst (g02ch) require that the correlations/sums of squares involving the dependent variable must appear as the last row/column. Because the layout of the variables in your data array may not be arranged in this way, two functions,
nag_correg_linregm_service_select (g02ce) and
nag_correg_linregm_service_reorder (g02cf), are provided for rearranging the rows and columns of vectors and matrices.
nag_correg_linregm_service_reorder (g02cf) simply reorders the rows and columns while
nag_correg_linregm_service_select (g02ce) forms smaller vectors and matrices from larger ones.
Output from
nag_correg_linregm_coeffs_const (g02cg) and
nag_correg_linregm_coeffs_noconst (g02ch) consists of the coefficients, their standard errors,
R^{2}${R}^{2}$values,
t$t$ and
F$F$ statistics.
Selecting regression models
To aid the selection of a regression model the following functions are available.
nag_correg_linregm_rssq (g02ea) computes the residual sums of squares for all possible regressions for a given set of dependent variables. The function allows some variables to be forced into all regressions.
nag_correg_linregm_rssq_stat (g02ec) computes the values of
R^{2}${R}^{2}$ and
C_{p}${C}_{p}$ from the residual sums of squares as provided by
nag_correg_linregm_rssq (g02ea).
nag_correg_linregm_fit_onestep (g02ee) enables you to fit a model by forward selection. You may call
nag_correg_linregm_fit_onestep (g02ee) a number of times. At each call the function will calculate the changes in the residual sum of squares from adding each of the variables not already included in the model, select the variable which gives the largest change and then if the change in residual sum of squares meets the given criterion will add it to the model.
nag_correg_linregm_fit_stepwise (g02ef) uses a full stepwise selection to choose a subset of the explanatory variables. The method repeatedly applies a forward selection step followed by a backward elimination step until neither step updates the current model.
Residuals
nag_correg_linregm_stat_resinf (g02fa) computes the following standardized residuals and measures of influence for the residuals and leverages produced by
nag_correg_linregm_fit (g02da):
(i) 
Internally studentized residual; 
(ii) 
Externally studentized residual; 
(iii) 
Cook's D$D$ statistic; 
(iv) 
Atkinson's T$T$ statistic. 
nag_correg_linregm_stat_durbwat (g02fc) computes the Durbin–Watson test statistic and bounds for its significance to test for serial correlation in the errors,
e_{i}${e}_{i}$.
Robust regression
For robust regression using
M$M$estimates instead of least squares the function
nag_correg_robustm (g02ha) will generally be suitable.
nag_correg_robustm (g02ha) provides a choice of four
ψ$\psi $functions (Huber's, Hampel's, Andrew's and Tukey's) plus two different weighting methods and the option not to use weights. If other weights or different
ψ$\psi $functions are needed the function
nag_correg_robustm_user (g02hd) may be used.
nag_correg_robustm_user (g02hd) requires you to supply weights, if required, and also functions to calculate the
ψ$\psi $function and, optionally, the
χ$\chi $function.
nag_correg_robustm_wts (g02hb) can be used in calculating suitable weights. The function
nag_correg_robustm_user_varmat (g02hf) can be used after a call to
nag_correg_robustm_user (g02hd) in order to calculate the variancecovariance estimate of the estimated regression coefficients.
For robust regression, using least absolute deviation,
nag_fit_glin_l1sol (e02ga) can be used.
Generalized linear models
There are four functions for fitting generalized linear models. The output includes: the deviance, parameter estimates and their standard errors, fitted values, residuals and leverages.
While
nag_correg_glm_normal (g02ga) can be used to fit linear regression models (i.e., by using an identity link) this is not recommended as
nag_correg_linregm_fit (g02da) will fit these models more efficiently.
nag_correg_glm_poisson (g02gc) can be used to fit loglinear models to contingency tables.
In addition to the functions to fit the models there is one function to predict from the fitted model and two functions to aid interpretation when the fitted model is not of full rank, i.e., aliasing is present.
nag_correg_glm_predict (g02gp) computes a predicted value and its associated standard error based on a previously fitted generalized linear model.
nag_correg_glm_constrain (g02gk) computes parameter estimates for a set of constraints, (e.g., sum of effects for a factor is zero), from the SVD solution provided by the fitting function.
nag_correg_glm_estfunc (g02gn) calculates an estimate of an estimable function along with its standard error.
Linear mixed effects regression
There are four functions for fitting linear mixed effects regression.
nag_correg_mixeff_reml (g02ja) and
nag_correg_mixeff_hier_reml (g02jd) uses restricted maximum likelihood (REML) to fit the model.
For all functions the output includes: either the maximum likelihood or restricted maximum likelihood and the fixed and random parameter estimates, along with their standard errors. Whilst it is possible to fit a hierachical model using
nag_correg_mixeff_reml (g02ja) or
nag_correg_mixeff_ml (g02jb),
nag_correg_mixeff_hier_reml (g02jd) and
nag_correg_mixeff_hier_ml (g02je) allow the model to be specified in a more intuitive way.
nag_correg_mixeff_hier_init (g02jc) must be called prior to calling
nag_correg_mixeff_hier_reml (g02jd) or
nag_correg_mixeff_hier_ml (g02je).
As the estimates of the variance components are found using an iterative procedure initial values must be supplied for each σ$\sigma $. In all four functions you can either specify these initial values, or allow the function to calculate them from the data using minimum variance quadratic unbiased estimation (MIVQUE0). Setting the maximum number of iterations to zero in any of the functions will return the corresponding likelihood, parameter estimates and standard errors based on these initial values.
Linear quantile regression
Two functions are provided for performing linear quantile regression,
nag_correg_quantile_linreg_easy (g02qf) and
nag_correg_quantile_linreg (g02qg). Of these,
nag_correg_quantile_linreg_easy (g02qf) provides a simplified interface to
nag_correg_quantile_linreg (g02qg), where many of the input parameters have been given default values and the amount of output available has been reduced.
Prior to calling
nag_correg_quantile_linreg (g02qg) the optional argument array must be initialized by calling
nag_correg_optset (g02zk) with
optstr set to
Initialize. Once these arrays have been initialized
nag_correg_optget (g02zl) can be called to query the value of an optional argument.
Partial Least Squares (PLS)
nag_correg_pls_svd (g02la) calculates a nonlinear, iterative PLS by using singular value decomposition.
nag_correg_pls_wold (g02lb) calculates a nonlinear, iterative PLS by using Wold's method.
nag_correg_pls_fit (g02lc) calculates parameter estimates for a given number of PLS factors.
nag_correg_pls_pred (g02ld) calculates predictions given a PLS model.
Functionality Index
Computes the nearest correlation matrix using the method of Qi and Sun,   
Correlationlike coefficients,   
Generalized linear models,   
Hierarchical mixed effects regression,   
Linear mixed effects regression,   
Multiple linear regression,   
Multiple linear regression/General linear model,   
Nonparametric rank correlation (Kendall and/or Spearman):   
casewise treatment of missing values,   
Productmoment correlation,   
correlation coefficients, all variables,   
correlation coefficients, subset of variables,   
Selecting regression model,   
for multiple linear regression,   
Simple linear regression,   
Stepwise linear regression,   
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