Why Do We Use the Sum of Squares so Often?
The data analysis course professor tended to focus on the practical application of statistics.
Avoiding statistical theory was fine with me. Learning statistics for me was on how to solve problems, optimize designs, and understanding data.
Then one lecture started with the question, “Why do we sum squares regression analysis, ANOVA calculations, and with other statistical methods?” He paused waiting for one us to answer.
We didn’t. I feared the upcoming lecture would include arcane derivations and burdensome theoretical annotations. It didn’t. [Read more…]