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A must-have reference resource for qualitative management researchers, this dictionary contains over 90 entries covering the fundamentals of qualitative methodologies; covering both analysis and implementation. Each entry gives an introduction to the topic, lists the key relevant features, gives a worked example, a concise summary and a selection of further reading suggestions. It is suitable for researchers and academics who need a handy and quick point of reference.

Ordinary Least-Squares Regression
Ordinary least-squares regression

Ordinary least-squares (OLS) regression is a generalized linear modelling technique that may be used to model a single response variable which has been recorded on at least an interval scale. The technique may be applied to single or multiple explanatory variables and also categorical explanatory variables that have been appropriately coded.

Key Features

At a very basic level, the relationship between a continuous response variable (Y) and a continuous explanatory variable (X) may be represented using a line of best fit, where Y is predicted, at least to some extent, by X. If this relationship is linear, it may be appropriately represented mathematically using the straight line equation ‘Y = α + βx’, as shown in Figure 58 (this line was computed using ...

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