VB Simple Linear Regression Example

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Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Collections

Imports CenterSpace.NMath.Core

Namespace CenterSpace.NMath.Core.Examples.VisualBasic

  ' A .NET example in Visual Basic showing how to use the linear regression class to perform a simple
  ' linear regression.

  ' A simple linear regression fits a straight line through a series of data
  ' points. Specifically, the points <c>(x,y)</c> are assumed to conform to 
  ' the equation <c>y = mx + b</c>. A simple linear regression uses a least 
  ' squares fit to compute the slope, <c>m</c>, and the y-intercept, <c>b</c>.

  Module SimpleLinearRegressionExample

    Sub Main()

      ' Read in data from the file. The data comes from The Data and Story 
      ' Library (http:'lib.stat.cmu.edu/DASL) and is described below:
      '
      ' Results of a study of gas chromatography, a technique which is used 
      ' to detect very small amounts of a substance. Five measurements were
      ' taken for each of four specimens containing different amounts of the
      ' substance. The amounts of the substance in each specimen was determined
      ' before the experiment. The responses variable is the output reading 
      ' from the gas chromatograph. The purpose of the study is to calibrate
      ' the chromatograph by relating the actual amounts of the substance to
      ' the chromatograph reading.

      Dim DataStream As New StreamReader("SimpleLinearRegressionExample.dat")

      ' First read in the independent (or predictor) values. This is a matrix
      ' with one column and a row for each amounts measurement.
      Dim Amounts As DoubleMatrix = New DoubleMatrix(DataStream)

      ' Next, read in the responses. These are the readings of the gas 
      ' chromatograph
      Dim Responses As DoubleVector = New DoubleVector(DataStream)

      ' Print out the amounts and responses values.
      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine("amounts = " & Amounts.ToString())
      Console.WriteLine("responses = " & Responses.ToString())

      ' Construct a linear regression. If we want our regression to calculate a
      ' y-intercept we must send in true for the "addIntercept" parameter (the
      ' third parameter in the constructor).
      Dim Regression As LinearRegression = New LinearRegression(Amounts, Responses, True)

      ' The y-intercept is the first element of the parameter array returned by 
      ' the regression, and the slope is the second.
      Console.WriteLine("y-intercept = " & Regression.Parameters(0))
      Console.WriteLine("Slope = " & Regression.Parameters(1))

      ' What would the model predict for the chromatograph reading for an
      ' input amounts of 0.75 and 1.25?
      Dim Amount As DoubleVector = New DoubleVector(0.75)
      Dim PredictedReading As Double = Regression.PredictedObservation(Amount)
      Console.WriteLine("Predicted reading for amount " & Amount(0) & " is " & PredictedReading)
      Amount(0) = 1.25
      PredictedReading = Regression.PredictedObservation(Amount)
      Console.WriteLine("Predicted reading for amount " & Amount(0) & " is " & PredictedReading)

      ' Let's look at the coefficient of determination for the model - Rsquared.
      ' To do this we will need to construct an Analysis Of VAriance object for 
      ' the regression.
      Dim RegressionAnova As New LinearRegressionAnova(Regression)
      Console.WriteLine("Rsquare = " & RegressionAnova.RSquared)

      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine("Press Enter Key")
      Console.Read()

    End Sub

  End Module

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