March 2018 Member Webinar: Using Transformations to Improve Your Linear Regression Model

by Karen

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.

We will examine some transformations and discuss how the interpretation of coefficients changes after a transformation. In particular, we will pay very close attention to the log transformation, which has earned widely deserved popularity in the research community.

Finally, we will review situations where you should avoid transformations altogether.

Note: This webinar is only accessible to members of the Statistically Speaking Membership Program.

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
1 pm – 2:30 pm (US EDT) (In a different time zone?)

About the Instructor

Steve Simon works as an independent statistical consultant and as a part-time faculty member in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has previously worked at Children’s Mercy Hospital, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and Bowling Green State University.

Steve has over 90 peer-reviewed publications, four of which have won major awards. He has written one book, Statistical Evidence in Medical Trials, and is the author of a major website about Statistics, Research Design, and Evidence Based Medicine, One of his current areas of interest is using Bayesian models to forecast patient accrual in clinical trials. Steve received a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Iowa in 1982.

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