Multiple regression is a general and flexible statistical method for analyzing associations between two or more independent variables and a single dependent variable. As a general statistical technique, multiple regression can be employed to predict values of a particular variable based on knowledge of its association with known values of other variables, and it can be used to test scientific hypotheses about whether and to what extent certain independent variables explain variation in a dependent variable of interest. As a flexible statistical method, multiple regression can be used to test associations among continuous as well as categorical variables, and it can be used to test associations between individual independent variables and a dependent variable, as well as interactions among multiple independent variables and a ...

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