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Point Estimation and the Method of Ordinary Least Squares

Point Estimation and the Method of Ordinary Least Squares

Point estimation and the method of ordinary least squares

Introduction

In this chapter, we will learn about estimation of parameters. This chapter will cover the following:

  • The idea of an estimator as a random variable.
  • Some desirable properties of estimators: Unbiasedness, Efficiency, Consistency.
  • The Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) estimator for a two variable regression model: Estimating the parameters using the method of least squares and properties of OLS estimator.
  • Properties of the OLS estimators, and that they are BLUE under certain assumptions.
  • Goodness of fit measures and model selection criteria for the two-variable linear regression model.
  • The use of the F statistic in the context of the two-variable linear regression model.
  • Using dummy variables to model qualitative explanatory ...
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