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# How can I calculate r-square from basic fitting parameters?

Asked by Mary on 11 Aug 2012

hello there! i have a short question about how to calculate r-square with the help of the basic fitting parameters. i have two vectors x and y, which i plot against each other in a scatter plot and fit a linear regression line through that cluster with the basic fitting tool matlab provides. i get the residuals and coefficients from that, but i don't know how to get to the r-square value from there. help anyone? thanks a lot in advance!

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Answer by the cyclist on 11 Aug 2012

Which "basic fitting tool" are you using?

The "regress" command in the Statistics Toolbox reports the value of r-square in the stats output structure.

Answer by Image Analyst on 11 Aug 2012

You mean like where you got an array of estimated values and you have an array of actual values? Like if you used the actual values in polyfit() to get an equation, and then used polyval() to get the fitted (estimated) values? From the help for corrcoeff():

R = corrcoef(X) returns a matrix R of correlation coefficients calculated from ....
R = corrcoef(x,y) where x and y are column vectors is the same as corrcoef([x y]). If x and y are not column vectors, corrcoef converts them to column vectors. For example, in this case R=corrcoef(x,y) is equivalent to R=corrcoef([x(:) y(:)]).

Here x would be the actual values and y would be your estimated (fitted) values.