Relationship between dependent and independent variables

I tried to develop an empirical equation by using multiple regression analysis. In my case I use aerosol as dependent variables and relative humidity and winds components ($$U$$ and $$V$$) as independent variables. Before developing an equation, I have converted aerosol to dry form by: $${\rm aerosol}_{dry}= {\rm aerosol}(1-RH)$$ The final equation is something like: $${\rm aerosol}_{dry} = {\rm intercept} - x_1 RH + x_2 U + x_3 V$$

where, $$x_1$$, $$x_2$$, and $$x_3$$ are regression coefficients. Now the problem is I have used relative humidity in independent and dependent variable (indirectly). Are there any ways to justify this situation where we have used RH in both equations?

• What is RH? What is U? Both of them are relative humidity? Oct 16 '18 at 16:42
• @a_statistican sorry for not making question clear...actually RH is the relative humidity, U & V are the wind vector components representing for horizontal and vertical movement. In the equation wind components act as source factor and RH act as removing factor. Oct 16 '18 at 17:01
• Possible duplicate of Regressing a ratio on a component of the ratio Oct 16 '18 at 17:10
• I don't think this is a close enough duplicate to merge. Oct 17 '18 at 12:51

Sometimes I met this situation: $$Y-X_1 = \alpha + \beta_1X_1 + ...+ \epsilon$$ It is OK because it is equivalent to $$Y = \alpha + (1+\beta_1)X_1 + ...+ \epsilon$$ But your situation is not so simple. Let $$Y$$ be aerosol_dry, $$X_1$$ be RH, and $$Z$$ be aerosol. Then we have $$Y = Z + ZX_1$$ Then your model is: $$Z + ZX_1 = \alpha +\beta_1 X_1 + ...$$ It is hard to explain this model. So my suggestion is: 1) If aerosol_dry is important, then fit a model without RH. 2) If the relationship between aerosol and RH is important, use aerosol as dependent variable directly.
• @muna Clearly $R^2 = 0.65$ is created by RH appearing in the both sides of the equation. So I think you need to accept the fact that relative humidity and winds components have no meaningful linear relationship with aerosol. Maybe you can draw some scatter plots to see is there any nonlinear relationship. Oct 16 '18 at 17:44