Re: Mathematica calculates RSquared wrongly?

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• Subject: [mg112798] Re: Mathematica calculates RSquared wrongly?
• From: Darren Glosemeyer <darreng at wolfram.com>
• Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2010 05:40:08 -0400 (EDT)

```  On 9/30/2010 9:55 AM, Darren Glosemeyer wrote:
>  On 9/30/2010 3:53 AM, Ray Koopman wrote:
>> On Sep 29, 7:48 am, Darren Glosemeyer<darreng at wolfram.com>   wrote:
>>> On 9/29/2010 3:15 AM, Ray Koopman wrote:
>>>> On Sep 28, 3:09 am, Darren Glosemeyer<darreng at wolfram.com>   wrote:
>>>>> On 9/27/2010 4:47 AM, Lawrence Teo wrote:
>>>>>> [...]
>>>>>> nlm = NonlinearModelFit[sbbBN, a*x^2 + b*x + c, {a, b, c}, x]
>>>>>> nlm["RSquared"]
>>>>>>
>>>>>> The RSquared by Mathematica is 0.963173
>>>>>> Meanwhile, Excel and manual hand calculation show that R^2 should
>>>>>> be equal to 0.7622.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Is Mathematica wrong? Thanks!
>>>>> This is as designed. For nonlinear models, the corrected (i.e. with
>>>>> the mean subtracted out) sum of squares is sometimes used. This is
>>>>> consistent with comparing to a constant model, but most nonlinear
>>>>> models do not include a constant in an additive way. For this reason,
>>>>> NonlinearModelFit uses the uncorrected (i.e. without subtracting out
>>>>> the mean) sum of squares.
>>>> This information should be included in the "Goodness-of-Fit Measures"
>>>> section of the NonlinearModelFit documentation, which should also
>>>> point out that RSquared is computed as  1 - (Residual SS)/(Total SS),
>>>> and that in nonlinear models this is generally different from the
>>>> ratio (Model SS)/(Total SS) that is sometimes cited -- e.g.,
>>>> http://reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/RegressionCommon/ref/RSquared.html
>>>>
>>>> -- as the definition of RSquared.
>>> The RegressionCommon documentation is for a now obsolete standard
>>> package. The "RSquared" property for nonlinear models is described
>>> near the bottom of
>>>
>>> http://reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/tutorial/StatisticalModelAnalysis.html
>>>
>>>
>>> The current statement is:
>>>
>>> "The coefficient of determination "RSquared" is the ratio of the model
>>> sum of squares to the total sum of squares."
>>>
>>> I will modify this to mention that the total is the uncorrected total
>>> for the next version.
>> Also, the  n-1  in the formula for AdjustedRSquared should be n,
>> because the total sum of squares is uncorrected.
>>
>> However, all that misses the main point I was trying to make, which
>> is that simply changing from corrected to uncorrected sums of squares
>> will not give  1 - SS_res/SS_tot, which is how NonlinearModelFit
>> calculates RSquared. The reason is that the residuals are not
>> generally orthogonal to the fitted values, so the decomposition
>> SS_tot = SS_fit + SS_res  that holds for linear models does not
>> generally hold for nonlinear models.
>>
>> For instance, using the data and model from the "Goodness-of-Fit
>> Measures" section of the NonlinearModelFit documentation,
>> the fitted values are
>>
>> {13.658, 2.00568, 1.48485, 14.8951, 5.6088, 10.1695,
>>   11.0627, 5.77841, 4.51702, 5.67666, 13.4947, 11.4323},
>>
>> and the residuals are
>>
>> {0.742037, 9.09432, 5.01515, -3.79512, 1.1912, 0.930521,
>>   1.3373, 3.12159, 4.08298, 5.72334, -1.69468, -0.532303}.
>>
>> Their uncentered inner product is 50.2468; centering gives -159.435.
>>
>
> Thanks for catching the AdjustedRSquared typo. The code is
> (effectively) using n. I've corrected the docs.
>
> I see your point about the orthogonality now. I missed it in the
> original example because the original example was actually a linear
> model. I'll have to take a closer look and decide if the code or the
> docs need to be corrected.
>
> Darren Glosemeyer
> Wolfram Research

I have corrected the documentation (for the next version) for the
nonlinear "RSquared" property to state that it is 1 - SS_res/SS_tot.

Darren Glosemeyer
Wolfram Research

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