We previously examined why a linear regression and negative binomial regression were not viable models for predicting the expected length of stay in the hospital for people with the flu. A linear regression model was not appropriate because our outcome variable, length of stay, was discrete and not continuous. A negative binomial model wasn’t the […]

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Transformations don’t always help, but when they do, they can improve your linear regression model in several ways simultaneously.

They can help you better meet the linear regression assumptions of normality and homoscedascity (i.e., equal variances). They also can help avoid some of the artifacts caused by boundary limits in your dependent variable — and sometimes even remove a difficult-to-interpret interaction.

In this webinar, we will review the assumptions of the linear regression model and explain when to consider a transformation of the dependent variable or independent variable.

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