Approaches[ edit ] In general, two types of evidence can be distinguished when performing a meta-analysis: The aggregate data can be direct or indirect.
It includes many techniques for modeling and analyzing several variables, when the focus is on the relationship between a dependent variable and one or more independent variables or 'predictors'.
More specifically, regression analysis helps one understand how the typical value of the dependent variable or 'criterion variable' changes when any one of the independent variables is varied, while the other independent variables are held fixed.
Most commonly, regression analysis estimates the conditional expectation of the dependent variable given the independent variables — that is, the average value of the dependent variable when the independent variables are fixed.
Less commonly, the focus is on a quantileor other location parameter of the conditional distribution of the dependent variable given the independent variables. In all cases, a function of the independent variables called the regression function is to be estimated.
In regression analysis, it is also of interest to characterize the variation of the dependent variable around the prediction of the regression function using a probability distribution. A related but distinct approach is Necessary Condition Analysis  NCAwhich estimates the maximum rather than average value of the dependent variable for a given value of the independent variable ceiling line rather than central line in order to identify what value of the independent variable is necessary but not sufficient for a given value of the dependent variable.
Regression analysis is widely used for prediction and forecastingwhere its use has substantial overlap with the field of machine learning. Regression analysis is also used to understand which among the independent variables are related to the dependent variable, and to explore the forms of these relationships.
In restricted circumstances, regression analysis can be used to infer causal relationships between the independent and dependent variables. However this can lead to illusions or false relationships, so caution is advisable. Many techniques for carrying out regression analysis have been developed.
Familiar methods such as linear regression and ordinary least squares regression are parametricin that the regression function is defined in terms of a finite number of unknown parameters that are estimated from the data.
Nonparametric regression refers to techniques that allow the regression function to lie in a specified set of functionswhich may be infinite-dimensional. The performance of regression analysis methods in practice depends on the form of the data generating processand how it relates to the regression approach being used.
Since the true form of the data-generating process is generally not known, regression analysis often depends to some extent on making assumptions about this process. These assumptions are sometimes testable if a sufficient quantity of data is available.
Regression models for prediction are often useful even when the assumptions are moderately violated, although they may not perform optimally. However, in many applications, especially with small effects or questions of causality based on observational dataregression methods can give misleading results.analyzing a case study As just mentioned, the purpose of the case study is to let you apply the concepts you've learned when you analyze the issues facing a specific company.
To analyze a case study, therefore, you must examine closely the issues with which the company is confronted. A widespread epidemic of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection was reported in in South and Central America and the Caribbean.
A major concern associated with this infection is the apparent increased.
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