How to draw the line in biomedical research

Lisa Huang, Amir Rattner, Han Liu, Jeremy Nathans

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Abstract

The use of the least squares method to calculate the best-fitting line through a two-dimensional scatter plot typically requires the user to assume that one of the variables depends on the other. However, in many cases the relationship between the two variables is more complex, and it is not valid to say that one variable is independent and the other is dependent. When analysing such data researchers should consider plotting the three regression lines that can be calculated for any two-dimensional scatter plot.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere00638
JournaleLife
Volume2013
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 19 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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    Huang, L., Rattner, A., Liu, H., & Nathans, J. (2013). How to draw the line in biomedical research. eLife, 2013(2), [e00638]. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.00638