# Re: st: RE: Linear Regression

 From Steven Samuels <[email protected]> To [email protected] Subject Re: st: RE: Linear Regression Date Fri, 8 Aug 2008 10:28:56 -0400

Someone from StataCorp recently noted that it can be done with -nl-

/*******************************************/
sysuse auto
nl (mpg = {b0}+ {b1}*weight + {b2}*weight^2)
/********************************************/

No program with which I am familiar (SAS, R, SPSS, Stata) allows the simpler syntax that Meric would like to use. Either one must create a new variable or create names for all coefficients and supply them to the equation. If Meric is concerned about the effort of adding many polynomial terms, then -orthpoly- would be an easy approach.

-Steve

On Aug 8, 2008, at 9:39 AM, Nick Cox wrote:

I am not clear what your question is precisely.

But if you want to -regress- on something and its square, you need to
-generate- the square as a new variable before you can do it, unless it

I am not clear what you mean by "efficient", but I don't think there is
another way to do it.

Nick
[email protected]

Meric Osman

I have a problem about writing my regression equation. I want to add
the variable and its square at the same time. Such as

y = a + a^2 + ...

Actually, I can do it by generating a new variable which is a*a, but I
don't wanna do that because it is not an efficient way.

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