Generalized linear regression model class
GeneralizedLinearModel
is a fitted generalized linear regression
model. A generalized linear regression model is a special class of nonlinear models that
describe a nonlinear relationship between a response and predictors. A generalized linear
regression model has generalized characteristics of a linear regression model. The response
variable follows a normal, binomial, Poisson, gamma, or inverse Gaussian distribution with
parameters including the mean response μ. A link function
f defines the relationship between μ and the linear
combination of predictors.
Use the properties of a GeneralizedLinearModel
object to investigate a
fitted generalized linear regression model. The object properties include information about
coefficient estimates, summary statistics, fitting method, and input data. Use the object
functions to predict responses and to modify, evaluate, and visualize the model.
Create a GeneralizedLinearModel
object by using fitglm
or stepwiseglm
.
fitglm
fits a generalized linear regression model to data using a fixed model
specification. Use addTerms
, removeTerms
, or step
to add or remove terms from the model.
Alternatively, use stepwiseglm
to fit a model using stepwise
generalized linear regression.
CoefficientCovariance
— Covariance matrix of coefficient estimatesThis property is readonly.
Covariance matrix of coefficient estimates, specified as a pbyp matrix of numeric values. p is the number of coefficients in the fitted model.
For details, see Coefficient Standard Errors and Confidence Intervals.
Data Types: single
 double
CoefficientNames
— Coefficient namesThis property is readonly.
Coefficient names, specified as a cell array of character vectors, each containing the name of the corresponding term.
Data Types: cell
Coefficients
— Coefficient valuesThis property is readonly.
Coefficient values, specified as a table.
Coefficients
contains one row for each coefficient and these
columns:
Estimate
— Estimated
coefficient value
SE
— Standard error
of the estimate
tStat
— tstatistic for a test that the
coefficient is zero
pValue
— pvalue for the
tstatistic
Use coefTest
to perform linear hypothesis tests on the coefficients.
Use coefCI
to find the confidence intervals of the coefficient
estimates.
To obtain any of these columns as a vector, index into the property
using dot notation. For example, obtain the estimated coefficient vector in the model
mdl
:
beta = mdl.Coefficients.Estimate
Data Types: table
NumCoefficients
— Number of model coefficientsThis property is readonly.
Number of model coefficients, specified as a positive integer.
NumCoefficients
includes coefficients that are set to zero when
the model terms are rank deficient.
Data Types: double
NumEstimatedCoefficients
— Number of estimated coefficientsThis property is readonly.
Number of estimated coefficients in the model, specified as a positive integer.
NumEstimatedCoefficients
does not include coefficients that are
set to zero when the model terms are rank deficient.
NumEstimatedCoefficients
is the degrees of freedom for
regression.
Data Types: double
Deviance
— Deviance of fitThis property is readonly.
Deviance of the fit, specified as a numeric value. The deviance is useful for comparing two models when one model is a special case of the other model. The difference between the deviance of the two models has a chisquare distribution with degrees of freedom equal to the difference in the number of estimated parameters between the two models. For more information, see Deviance.
Data Types: single
 double
DFE
— Degrees of freedom for errorThis property is readonly.
Degrees of freedom for the error (residuals), equal to the number of observations minus the number of estimated coefficients, specified as a positive integer.
Data Types: double
Diagnostics
— Observation diagnosticsThis property is readonly.
Observation diagnostics, specified as a table that contains one row for each observation and the columns described in this table.
Column  Meaning  Description 

Leverage  Diagonal elements of HatMatrix  Leverage for each observation indicates to what extent
the fit is determined by the observed predictor values. A value close to
1 indicates that the fit is largely determined by that
observation, with little contribution from the other observations. A value
close to 0 indicates that the fit is largely determined by
the other observations. For a model with P coefficients and
N observations, the average value of
Leverage is P/N . A
Leverage value greater than 2*P/N
indicates high leverage. 
CooksDistance  Cook's distance of scaled change in fitted values  CooksDistance is a measure of scaled change in fitted
values. An observation with CooksDistance greater than
three times the mean Cook's distance can be an outlier. 
HatMatrix  Projection matrix to compute fitted from observed responses  HatMatrix is an
N byN matrix such that
Fitted = HatMatrix*Y , where
Y is the response vector and Fitted is
the vector of fitted response values. 
The software computes these values on the scale of the linear combination of the
predictors, stored in the LinearPredictor
field of the
Fitted
and Residuals
properties. For
example, the software computes the diagnostic values by using the fitted response and
adjusted response values from the model mdl
.
Yfit = mdl.Fitted.LinearPredictor Yadjusted = mdl.Fitted.LinearPredictor + mdl.Residuals.LinearPredictor
Diagnostics
contains information that is helpful in finding
outliers and influential observations. For more details, see Leverage,
Cook’s Distance, and Hat Matrix.
Use plotDiagnostics
to plot observation
diagnostics.
Rows not used in the fit because of missing values (in
ObservationInfo.Missing
) or excluded values (in
ObservationInfo.Excluded
) contain NaN
values
in the CooksDistance
column and zeros in the
Leverage
and HatMatrix
columns.
To obtain any of these columns as an array, index into the property using dot
notation. For example, obtain the hat matrix in the model
mdl
:
HatMatrix = mdl.Diagnostics.HatMatrix;
Data Types: table
Dispersion
— Scale factor of variance of responseThis property is readonly.
Scale factor of the variance of the response, specified as a numeric scalar.
If the 'DispersionFlag'
namevalue pair argument of
fitglm
or stepwiseglm
is
true
, then the function estimates the
Dispersion
scale factor in computing the variance of the
response. The variance of the response equals the theoretical variance multiplied by the
scale factor.
For example, the variance function for the binomial distribution is
p(1–p)/n, where
p is the probability parameter and n is the
sample size parameter. If Dispersion
is near 1
,
the variance of the data appears to agree with the theoretical variance of the binomial
distribution. If Dispersion
is larger than 1
, the
data set is “overdispersed” relative to the binomial distribution.
Data Types: double
DispersionEstimated
— Flag to indicate use of dispersion scale factorThis property is readonly.
Flag to indicate whether fitglm
used the Dispersion
scale factor to compute standard errors for the coefficients in Coefficients.SE
, specified as a logical value. If DispersionEstimated
is false
, fitglm
used the theoretical value of the variance.
DispersionEstimated
can be false
only for the binomial and Poisson distributions.
Set DispersionEstimated
by setting the 'DispersionFlag'
namevalue pair argument of fitglm
or stepwiseglm
.
Data Types: logical
Fitted
— Fitted response values based on input dataThis property is readonly.
Fitted (predicted) values based on the input data, specified as a table that contains one row for each observation and the columns described in this table.
Column  Description 

Response  Predicted values on the scale of the response 
LinearPredictor  Predicted values on the scale of the linear combination of the predictors
(same as the link function applied to the Response fitted
values) 
Probability  Fitted probabilities (included only with the binomial distribution) 
To obtain any of these columns as a vector, index into the property using dot
notation. For example, obtain the vector f
of fitted values on the
response scale in the model mdl
:
f = mdl.Fitted.Response
Use predict
to compute predictions for other
predictor values, or to compute confidence bounds on Fitted
.
Data Types: table
LogLikelihood
— LoglikelihoodThis property is readonly.
Loglikelihood of the model distribution at the response values, specified as a numeric value. The mean is fitted from the model, and other parameters are estimated as part of the model fit.
Data Types: single
 double
ModelCriterion
— Criterion for model comparisonThis property is readonly.
Criterion for model comparison, specified as a structure with these fields:
AIC
— Akaike information criterion.
AIC = –2*logL + 2*m
, where logL
is the
loglikelihood and m
is the number of estimated
parameters.
AICc
— Akaike information criterion corrected for
the sample size. AICc = AIC + (2*m*(m + 1))/(n – m – 1)
,
where n
is the number of observations.
BIC
— Bayesian information criterion.
BIC = –2*logL + m*log(n)
.
CAIC
— Consistent Akaike information criterion.
CAIC = –2*logL + m*(log(n) + 1)
.
Information criteria are model selection tools that you can use to compare multiple models fit to the same data. These criteria are likelihoodbased measures of model fit that include a penalty for complexity (specifically, the number of parameters). Different information criteria are distinguished by the form of the penalty.
When you compare multiple models, the model with the lowest information criterion value is the bestfitting model. The bestfitting model can vary depending on the criterion used for model comparison.
To obtain any of the criterion values as a scalar, index into the property using dot
notation. For example, obtain the AIC value aic
in the model
mdl
:
aic = mdl.ModelCriterion.AIC
Data Types: struct
Residuals
— Residuals for fitted modelThis property is readonly.
Residuals for the fitted model, specified as a table that contains one row for each observation and the columns described in this table.
Column  Description 

Raw  Observed minus fitted values 
LinearPredictor  Residuals on the linear predictor scale, equal to the adjusted response value minus the fitted linear combination of the predictors 
Pearson  Raw residuals divided by the estimated standard deviation of the response 
Anscombe  Residuals defined on transformed data with the transformation selected to remove skewness 
Deviance  Residuals based on the contribution of each observation to the deviance 
Rows not used in the fit because of missing values (in
ObservationInfo.Missing
) contain NaN
values.
To obtain any of these columns as a vector, index into the property using dot
notation. For example, obtain the ordinary raw residual vector r
in
the model mdl
:
r = mdl.Residuals.Raw
Data Types: table
Rsquared
— Rsquared value for modelThis property is readonly.
Rsquared value for the model, specified as a structure with five fields.
Field  Description  Equation 

Ordinary  Ordinary (unadjusted) Rsquared 
$${R}_{\text{Ordinary}}^{2}=1\frac{\text{SSE}}{\text{SST}}$$

Adjusted  Rsquared adjusted for the number of coefficients 
$${R}_{\text{Adjusted}}^{2}=1\frac{\text{SSE}}{\text{SST}}\cdot \frac{N1}{\text{DFE}}$$ N is the number of
observations ( 
LLR  Loglikelihood ratio 
$${R}_{\text{LLR}}^{2}=1\frac{L}{{L}_{0}}$$ L is the loglikelihood of
the fitted model ( 
Deviance  Deviance Rsquared 
$${R}_{\text{Deviance}}^{2}=1\frac{D}{{D}_{0}}$$ D is the deviance of the
fitted model ( 
AdjGeneralized  Adjusted generalized Rsquared 
$${R}_{\text{AdjGeneralized}}^{2}=\frac{1\mathrm{exp}\left(\frac{2\left({L}_{0}L\right)}{N}\right)}{1\mathrm{exp}\left(\frac{2{L}_{0}}{N}\right)}$$ R^{2}_{AdjGeneralized} is the Nagelkerke adjustment [2] to a formula proposed by Maddala [3], Cox and Snell [4], and Magee [5] for logistic regression models. 
To obtain any of these values as a scalar, index into the property using dot notation.
For example, to obtain the adjusted Rsquared value in the model mdl
,
enter:
r2 = mdl.Rsquared.Adjusted
Data Types: struct
SSE
— Sum of squared errorsThis property is readonly.
Sum of squared errors (residuals), specified as a numeric value.
Data Types: single
 double
SSR
— Regression sum of squaresThis property is readonly.
Regression sum of squares, specified as a numeric value. The regression sum of squares is equal to the sum of squared deviations of the fitted values from their mean.
Data Types: single
 double
SST
— Total sum of squaresThis property is readonly.
Total sum of squares, specified as a numeric value. The total sum of squares is equal
to the sum of squared deviations of the response vector y
from the
mean(y)
.
Data Types: single
 double
Steps
— Stepwise fitting informationThis property is readonly.
Stepwise fitting information, specified as a structure with the fields described in this table.
Field  Description 

Start  Formula representing the starting model 
Lower  Formula representing the lower bound model. The terms in
Lower must remain in the model. 
Upper  Formula representing the upper bound model. The model cannot contain
more terms than Upper . 
Criterion  Criterion used for the stepwise algorithm, such as
'sse' 
PEnter  Threshold for Criterion to add a term 
PRemove  Threshold for Criterion to remove a term 
History  Table representing the steps taken in the fit 
The History
table contains one row for each step, including the
initial fit, and the columns described in this table.
Column  Description 

Action  Action taken during the step:

TermName 

Terms  Model specification in a Terms Matrix 
DF  Regression degrees of freedom after the step 
delDF  Change in regression degrees of freedom from the previous step (negative for steps that remove a term) 
Deviance  Deviance (residual sum of squares) at the step (only for a generalized linear regression model) 
FStat  Fstatistic that leads to the step 
PValue  pvalue of the Fstatistic 
The structure is empty unless you fit the model using stepwise regression.
Data Types: struct
Distribution
— Generalized distribution informationThis property is readonly.
Generalized distribution information, specified as a structure with the fields described in this table.
Field  Description 

Name  Name of the distribution: 'normal' , 'binomial' ,
'poisson' , 'gamma' , or
'inverse gaussian' 
DevianceFunction  Function that computes the components of the deviance as a function of the fitted parameter values and the response values 
VarianceFunction  Function that computes the theoretical variance for the distribution as a function of the
fitted parameter values. When DispersionEstimated is
true , the software multiplies the variance
function by Dispersion in the computation of the
coefficient standard errors. 
Data Types: struct
Formula
— Model informationLinearFormula
objectThis property is readonly.
Model information, specified as a LinearFormula
object.
Display the formula of the fitted model mdl
using dot
notation:
mdl.Formula
Link
— Link functionThis property is readonly.
Link function, specified as a structure with the fields described in this table.
Field  Description 

Name  Name of the link function, specified as a character vector. If you specify the link function
using a function handle, then Name is
'' . 
Link  Function f that defines the link function, specified as a function handle 
Derivative  Derivative of f, specified as a function handle 
Inverse  Inverse of f, specified as a function handle 
The link function is a function f that links the distribution parameter μ to the fitted linear combination Xb of the predictors:
f(μ) = Xb.
Data Types: struct
NumObservations
— Number of observationsThis property is readonly.
Number of observations the fitting function used in fitting, specified
as a positive integer. NumObservations
is the
number of observations supplied in the original table, dataset,
or matrix, minus any excluded rows (set with the
'Exclude'
namevalue pair
argument) or rows with missing values.
Data Types: double
NumPredictors
— Number of predictor variablesThis property is readonly.
Number of predictor variables used to fit the model, specified as a positive integer.
Data Types: double
NumVariables
— Number of variablesThis property is readonly.
Number of variables in the input data, specified as a positive integer.
NumVariables
is the number of variables in the original table or
dataset, or the total number of columns in the predictor matrix and response
vector.
NumVariables
also includes any variables that are not used to fit
the model as predictors or as the response.
Data Types: double
ObservationInfo
— Observation informationThis property is readonly.
Observation information, specified as an nby4 table, where
n is equal to the number of rows of input data.
ObservationInfo
contains the columns described in this
table.
Column  Description 

Weights  Observation weights, specified as a numeric value. The default value
is 1 . 
Excluded  Indicator of excluded observations, specified as a logical value. The
value is true if you exclude the observation from the
fit by using the 'Exclude' namevalue pair
argument. 
Missing  Indicator of missing observations, specified as a logical value. The
value is true if the observation is missing. 
Subset  Indicator of whether or not the fitting function uses the
observation, specified as a logical value. The value is
true if the observation is not excluded or
missing, meaning the fitting function uses the observation. 
To obtain any of these columns as a vector, index into the property using dot
notation. For example, obtain the weight vector w
of the model
mdl
:
w = mdl.ObservationInfo.Weights
Data Types: table
ObservationNames
— Observation namesThis property is readonly.
Observation names, specified as a cell array of character vectors containing the names of the observations used in the fit.
If the fit is based on a table or dataset
containing observation names,
ObservationNames
uses those
names.
Otherwise, ObservationNames
is an empty cell array.
Data Types: cell
Offset
— Offset variableThis property is readonly.
Offset variable, specified as a numeric vector with the same length as the number
of rows in the data. Offset
is passed from fitglm
or stepwiseglm
in the
'Offset'
namevalue pair argument. The fitting functions use
Offset
as an additional predictor variable with a coefficient
value fixed at 1
. In other words, the formula for fitting is
f(μ) ~ Offset + (terms
involving real predictors)
where f is the link function. The Offset
predictor has coefficient 1
.
For example, consider a Poisson regression model. Suppose the number of counts is
known for theoretical reasons to be proportional to a predictor A
.
By using the log link function and by specifying log(A)
as an
offset, you can force the model to satisfy this theoretical constraint.
Data Types: double
PredictorNames
— Names of predictors used to fit modelThis property is readonly.
Names of predictors used to fit the model, specified as a cell array of character vectors.
Data Types: cell
ResponseName
— Response variable nameThis property is readonly.
Response variable name, specified as a character vector.
Data Types: char
VariableInfo
— Information about variablesThis property is readonly.
Information about variables contained in Variables
, specified as a
table with one row for each variable and the columns described in this table.
Column  Description 

Class  Variable class, specified as a cell array of character vectors, such
as 'double' and
'categorical' 
Range  Variable range, specified as a cell array of vectors

InModel  Indicator of which variables are in the fitted model, specified as a
logical vector. The value is true if the model
includes the variable. 
IsCategorical  Indicator of categorical variables, specified as a logical vector.
The value is true if the variable is
categorical. 
VariableInfo
also includes any variables that are not used to fit
the model as predictors or as the response.
Data Types: table
VariableNames
— Names of variablesThis property is readonly.
Names of variables, specified as a cell array of character vectors.
If the fit is based on a table or dataset, this property provides the names of the variables in the table or dataset.
If the fit is based on a predictor matrix and response vector,
VariableNames
contains the values specified by the
'VarNames'
namevalue pair argument of the fitting
method. The default value of 'VarNames'
is
{'x1','x2',...,'xn','y'}
.
VariableNames
also includes any variables that are not used to fit
the model as predictors or as the response.
Data Types: cell
Variables
— Input dataThis property is readonly.
Input data, specified as a table. Variables
contains both predictor
and response values. If the fit is based on a table or dataset array,
Variables
contains all the data from the table or dataset array.
Otherwise, Variables
is a table created from the input data matrix
X
and the response vector y
.
Variables
also includes any variables that are not used to fit the
model as predictors or as the response.
Data Types: table
CompactGeneralizedLinearModel
compact  Compact generalized linear regression model 
addTerms  Add terms to generalized linear regression model 
removeTerms  Remove terms from generalized linear regression model 
step  Improve generalized linear regression model by adding or removing terms 
coefCI  Confidence intervals of coefficient estimates of generalized linear regression model 
coefTest  Linear hypothesis test on generalized linear regression model coefficients 
devianceTest  Analysis of deviance for generalized linear regression model 
partialDependence  Compute partial dependence 
plotDiagnostics  Plot observation diagnostics of generalized linear regression model 
plotPartialDependence  Create partial dependence plot (PDP) and individual conditional expectation (ICE) plots 
plotResiduals  Plot residuals of generalized linear regression model 
plotSlice  Plot of slices through fitted generalized linear regression surface 
gather  Gather properties of Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox object from GPU 
Fit a logistic regression model of the probability of smoking as a function of age, weight, and sex, using a twoway interaction model.
Load the hospital
data set.
load hospital
Convert the dataset array to a table.
tbl = dataset2table(hospital);
Specify the model using a formula that includes twoway interactions and lowerorder terms.
modelspec = 'Smoker ~ Age*Weight*Sex  Age:Weight:Sex';
Create the generalized linear model.
mdl = fitglm(tbl,modelspec,'Distribution','binomial')
mdl = Generalized linear regression model: logit(Smoker) ~ 1 + Sex*Age + Sex*Weight + Age*Weight Distribution = Binomial Estimated Coefficients: Estimate SE tStat pValue ___________ _________ ________ _______ (Intercept) 6.0492 19.749 0.3063 0.75938 Sex_Male 2.2859 12.424 0.18399 0.85402 Age 0.11691 0.50977 0.22934 0.81861 Weight 0.031109 0.15208 0.20455 0.83792 Sex_Male:Age 0.020734 0.20681 0.10025 0.92014 Sex_Male:Weight 0.01216 0.053168 0.22871 0.8191 Age:Weight 0.00071959 0.0038964 0.18468 0.85348 100 observations, 93 error degrees of freedom Dispersion: 1 Chi^2statistic vs. constant model: 5.07, pvalue = 0.535
The large pvalue indicates that the model might not differ statistically from a constant.
Create response data using three of 20 predictor variables, and create a generalized linear model using stepwise regression from a constant model to see if stepwiseglm
finds the correct predictors.
Generate sample data that has 20 predictor variables. Use three of the predictors to generate the Poisson response variable.
rng default % for reproducibility X = randn(100,20); mu = exp(X(:,[5 10 15])*[.4;.2;.3] + 1); y = poissrnd(mu);
Fit a generalized linear regression model using the Poisson distribution. Specify the starting model as a model that contains only a constant (intercept) term. Also, specify a model with an intercept and linear term for each predictor as the largest model to consider as the fit by using the 'Upper'
namevalue pair argument.
mdl = stepwiseglm(X,y,'constant','Upper','linear','Distribution','poisson')
1. Adding x5, Deviance = 134.439, Chi2Stat = 52.24814, PValue = 4.891229e13 2. Adding x15, Deviance = 106.285, Chi2Stat = 28.15393, PValue = 1.1204e07 3. Adding x10, Deviance = 95.0207, Chi2Stat = 11.2644, PValue = 0.000790094
mdl = Generalized linear regression model: log(y) ~ 1 + x5 + x10 + x15 Distribution = Poisson Estimated Coefficients: Estimate SE tStat pValue ________ ________ ______ __________ (Intercept) 1.0115 0.064275 15.737 8.4217e56 x5 0.39508 0.066665 5.9263 3.0977e09 x10 0.18863 0.05534 3.4085 0.0006532 x15 0.29295 0.053269 5.4995 3.8089e08 100 observations, 96 error degrees of freedom Dispersion: 1 Chi^2statistic vs. constant model: 91.7, pvalue = 9.61e20
stepwiseglm
finds the three correct predictors: x5
, x10
, and x15
.
The default link function for a generalized linear model is the
canonical link function. You can specify a link function when you
fit a model with fitglm
or stepwiseglm
by using the 'Link'
namevalue pair
argument.
Distribution  Canonical Link Function Name  Link Function  Mean (Inverse) Function 

'normal'  'identity'  f(μ) = μ  μ = Xb 
'binomial'  'logit'  f(μ) = log(μ/(1 – μ))  μ = exp(Xb) / (1 + exp(Xb)) 
'poisson'  'log'  f(μ) = log(μ)  μ = exp(Xb) 
'gamma'  1  f(μ) = 1/μ  μ = 1/(Xb) 
'inverse gaussian'  2  f(μ) = 1/μ^{2}  μ = (Xb)^{–1/2} 
Cook’s distance is the scaled change in fitted values, which is useful for identifying outliers in the observations for predictor variables. Cook’s distance shows the influence of each observation on the fitted response values. An observation with Cook’s distance larger than three times the mean Cook’s distance might be an outlier.
The Cook’s distance D_{i} of observation i is
$${D}_{i}={w}_{i}\frac{{e}_{i}^{2}}{p\widehat{\phi}}\frac{{h}_{ii}}{{\left(1{h}_{ii}\right)}^{2}},$$
where
$$\widehat{\phi}$$ is the dispersion parameter (estimated or theoretical).
e_{i} is the linear predictor residual, $$g\left({y}_{i}\right){x}_{i}\widehat{\beta}$$, where
g is the link function.
y_{i} is the observed response.
x_{i} is the observation.
$$\widehat{\beta}$$ is the estimated coefficient vector.
p is the number of coefficients in the regression model.
h_{ii} is the ith diagonal element of the Hat Matrix H.
Leverage is a measure of the effect of a particular observation on the regression predictions due to the position of that observation in the space of the inputs.
The leverage of observation i is the value of the ith diagonal term h_{ii} of the hat matrix H. Because the sum of the leverage values is p (the number of coefficients in the regression model), an observation i can be considered an outlier if its leverage substantially exceeds p/n, where n is the number of observations.
The hat matrix is a projection matrix that projects the vector of response observations onto the vector of predictions.
The hat matrix H is defined in terms of the data matrix X and a diagonal weight matrix W:
H = X(X^{T}WX)^{–1}X^{T}W^{T}.
W has diagonal elements w_{i}:
$${w}_{i}=\frac{{g}^{\prime}\left({\mu}_{i}\right)}{\sqrt{V\left({\mu}_{i}\right)}},$$
where
g is the link function mapping y_{i} to x_{i}b.
$${g}^{\prime}$$ is the derivative of the link function g.
V is the variance function.
μ_{i} is the ith mean.
The diagonal elements H_{ii} satisfy
$$\begin{array}{l}0\le {h}_{ii}\le 1\\ {\displaystyle \sum _{i=1}^{n}{h}_{ii}}=p,\end{array}$$
where n is the number of observations (rows of X), and p is the number of coefficients in the regression model.
Deviance is a generalization of the residual sum of squares. It measures the goodness of fit compared to a saturated model.
Deviance of a model M_{1} is twice the difference between the loglikelihood of the model M_{1} and the saturated model M_{s}. A saturated model is a model with the maximum number of parameters that you can estimate.
For example, if you have n observations (y_{i}, i = 1, 2, ..., n) with potentially different values for X_{i}^{T}β, then you can define a saturated model with n parameters. Let L(b,y) denote the maximum value of the likelihood function for a model with the parameters b. Then the deviance of the model M_{1} is
$$2\left(\mathrm{log}L\left({b}_{1},y\right)\mathrm{log}L\left({b}_{S},y\right)\right),$$
where b_{1} and b_{s} contain the estimated parameters for the model M_{1} and the saturated model, respectively. The deviance has a chisquare distribution with n – p degrees of freedom, where n is the number of parameters in the saturated model and p is the number of parameters in the model M_{1}.
Assume you have two different generalized linear regression models M_{1} and M_{2}, and M_{1} has a subset of the terms in M_{2}. You can assess the fit of the models by comparing the deviances D_{1} and D_{2} of the two models. The difference of the deviances is
$$\begin{array}{l}D={D}_{2}{D}_{1}=2\left(\mathrm{log}L\left({b}_{2},y\right)\mathrm{log}L\left({b}_{S},y\right)\right)+2\left(\mathrm{log}L\left({b}_{1},y\right)\mathrm{log}L\left({b}_{S},y\right)\right)\\ \text{\hspace{1em}}\text{\hspace{1em}}\text{\hspace{1em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}=2\left(\mathrm{log}L\left({b}_{2},y\right)\mathrm{log}L\left({b}_{1},y\right)\right).\end{array}$$
Asymptotically, the difference D has a chisquare distribution with degrees
of freedom v equal to the difference in the number of parameters
estimated in M_{1} and
M_{2}. You can obtain the
pvalue for this test by using
1 – chi2cdf(D,v)
.
Typically, you examine D using a model M_{2} with a constant term and no predictors. Therefore, D has a chisquare distribution with p – 1 degrees of freedom. If the dispersion is estimated, the difference divided by the estimated dispersion has an F distribution with p – 1 numerator degrees of freedom and n – p denominator degrees of freedom.
A terms matrix T
is a
tby(p + 1) matrix specifying terms in a model,
where t is the number of terms, p is the number of
predictor variables, and +1 accounts for the response variable. The value of
T(i,j)
is the exponent of variable j
in term
i
.
For example, suppose that an input includes three predictor variables x1
,
x2
, and x3
and the response variable
y
in the order x1
, x2
,
x3
, and y
. Each row of T
represents one term:
[0 0 0 0]
— Constant term or intercept
[0 1 0 0]
— x2
; equivalently,
x1^0 * x2^1 * x3^0
[1 0 1 0]
— x1*x3
[2 0 0 0]
— x1^2
[0 1 2 0]
— x2*(x3^2)
The 0
at the end of each term represents the response variable. In
general, a column vector of zeros in a terms matrix represents the position of the response
variable. If you have the predictor and response variables in a matrix and column vector,
then you must include 0
for the response variable in the last column of
each row.
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[3] Maddala, Gangadharrao S. LimitedDependent and Qualitative Variables in Econometrics. Econometric Society Monographs. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1983.
[4] Cox, D. R., and E. J. Snell. Analysis of Binary Data. 2nd ed. Monographs on Statistics and Applied Probability 32. London; New York: Chapman and Hall, 1989.
[5] Magee, Lonnie. "R 2 Measures Based on Wald and Likelihood Ratio Joint Significance Tests." The American Statistician 44, no. 3 (August 1990): 250–53.
Usage notes and limitations:
When you fit a model by using fitglm
or stepwiseglm
, you cannot specify
Link
, Derivative
, and
Inverse
fields of the 'Link'
namevalue pair
argument as anonymous functions. That is, you cannot generate code using a
generalized linear model that was created using anonymous functions for links.
Instead, define functions for link components.
For more information, see Introduction to Code Generation.
Usage notes and limitations:
The following object functions fully support GPU arrays:
The following object functions support model objects fitted with GPU array input arguments:
For more information, see Run MATLAB Functions on a GPU (Parallel Computing Toolbox).
fitglm
 stepwiseglm
 LinearModel
 NonLinearModel
 CompactGeneralizedLinearModel
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