Regression and Residual Plot (linearfit)

The linearfit function uses linear regression to predict a straight line through a bi-variate scatter plot. The linearfit function takes two parameters:

  1. The numeric field containing the independent (x) variable.

  2. The numeric field containing the dependent (y) varlineiable.

Sample syntax

select linearfit(petal_length_d, petal_width_d) as prediction,
from iris
       limit 150

Result set

The result set contains a random sample of records that match the WHERE clause. If no WHERE clause is included the random sample will be taken from the entire result set. The size of the random sample can be controlled by the LIMIT clause. The default sample size, if no limit is applied, is 25,000.

The linearfit function returns the predicted value for each record. There are three additional fields that can be selected when the linearfit function is used:

  • residual: The residual value for each sample. The residual value is the samples dependent (y) value minus the predicted value. The residual represents the error of the regression prediction for each sample.

  • The independent variable for each sample.

  • The dependent variable for each sample.

Sample result set shown in Apache Zeppelin

Sample result set


There are a number of visualizations that can flow from the regression result set.

The first visualization shown is a scatter plot with petal_length_d on the x-axis and petal_width_d on the y-axis. This can be used to visualize the relationship between the two variables in the regression analysis.

petal_length_d and petal_width_d

The second visualization shows the petal_length_d variable on the x-axis and the prediction for petal_width_d on y-axis.

petal_length_d and petal_width_d prediction

The last visualization plots the predictions on the x-axis and the residual on the y-axis. This residual plot can be used to visualize the error of the regression model across the full range of predictions.

Predictions and residual plot