R language provides an interlocking suite of facilities that make fitting statistical models very simple. The output from statistical models in R language is minimal and one needs to ask for the details by calling extractor functions.

**Defining Statistical Models; Formulae in R Language**

The template for a statistical model is a linear regression model with independent, heteroscedastic errors, that is

$latex \sum_{j=0}^p \beta_j x_{ij}+ e_i, \quad e_i \sim NID(0, \sigma^2), \quad i=1,2,\dots, n, j=1,2,\cdots, p$

In matrix form, statistical model can be written as

$latex y=X\beta+e$,

where the $latex y$ is the dependent (response) variable, $latex X$ is the model matrix or design matrix (matrix of regressors) and has columns $latex x_0, x_1, \cdots, x_p$, the determining variables with intercept term. Usually $latex x_0$ is a column of ones defining an intercept term in statistical model.

**Statistical Model Examples**

Suppose $latex y, x, x_0, x_1, x_2, \cdots$ are numeric variables, $latex X$ is a matrix. Following are some examples that specify statistical models in R.

- y ~ x or y ~ 1 + x

Both examples imply the same simple linear regression model of $latex y$ on $latex x$. The first formulae has an implicit intercept term and the second formulae has an explicit intercept term. - y ~ 0 + x or y ~ -1 + x or y ~ x – 1

All these imply the same simple linear regression model of $latex y$ on $latex x$ through the origin, that is, without an intercept term. - log(y) ~ x1 + x2

Imply multiple regression of the transformed variable, $latex(log(y)$ on $latex x_1$ and $latex x_2$ with an implicit intercept term. - y ~ poly(x , 2) or y ~ 1 + x + I(x, 2)

Imply a polynomial regression model of $latex$ y on $ latex x$ of degree 2 (second degree polynomials) and the second formulae uses explicit powers as basis. - y~ X + poly(x, 2)

Multiple regression $latex y$ with model matrix consisting of the design matrix $latex X$ as well as polynomial terms in $latex x$ to degree 2.

Note that the operator ~ is used to define a model formula in R language. The form of an ordinary linear regression model is, $latex response\,\, ~ \,\, op_1\,\, term_1\,\, op_2\,\, term_2\,\, op_3\,\, term_3\,\, \cdots $,

where

The response is a vector or matrix defining the response (dependent) variable(s).

$latex op_i$ is an operator, either + or -, implying the inclusion or exclusion of a term in the model. The + operator is optional.

$latex term_i$ is either a matrix or vector or 1. It may be a factor or a formula expression consisting of factors, vectors or matrices connected by formula operators.

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