Robust techniques for regression models with minimal assumptions
Van der Westhuizen, Magdelena Marianna
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Good quality management decisions often rely on the evaluation and interpretation of data. One of the most popular ways to investigate possible relationships in a given data set is to follow a process of fitting models to the data. Regression models are often employed to assist with decision making. In addition to decision making, regression models can also be used for the optimization and prediction of data. The success of a regression model, however, relies heavily on assumptions made by the model builder. In addition, the model may also be influenced by the presence of outliers; a more robust model, which is not as easily affected by outliers, is necessary in making more accurate interpretations about the data. In this research study robust techniques for regression models with minimal assumptions are explored. Mathematical programming techniques such as linear programming, mixed integer linear programming, and piecewise linear regression are used to formulate a nonlinear regression model. Outlier detection and smoothing techniques are included to address the robustness of the model and to improve predictive accuracy. The performance of the model is tested by applying it to a variety of data sets and comparing the results to those of other models. The results of the empirical experiments are also presented in this study.