# Questions tagged [condition-number]

The condition number (also known as condition index) is a diagnostic tool for collinearity in regression models. A regression model has as many condition numbers as it has independent variables. Each is defined as the square root of the ratio of the largest eigenvalue to the eigenvalue for the respective variable. Condition numbers over 30 are considered to be signs of problematic collinearity.

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### Cause of a high condition number in a python statsmodels regression?

I'm pretty new to regression analysis, and I'm using python's statsmodels to look at the relationship between GDP/health/social services spending and health outcomes (DALYs) across the OECD. Just to ...
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### Choosing the basis functions in a linear regression

I have two random variables $X$ and $Y$ and I'm trying to model $\mathbb{E}[Y|X]$. To this end, I'd like to pick a collection of functions $f_1, f_2 \dots f_n : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ and then ...
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### Proximal Gradient Descent and Proximal Coordinate descent for Lasso Problem

Why is proximal coordinate descent much less affected by bad conditioning than proximal gradient descent? For example, we can consider this problem : $\min_x \frac{1}{2}\|Ax-b\|^2_2 + \lambda\|x\|_1$ ...
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### Should the intercept be included when you check the condition index?

Many sources state that a condition index >30 constitutes a multicollinearity problem. When I've tried to implement this check in practice, I've realized that the condition index (and VIFs) change ...
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### Is condition number important when fitting splines?

I am fitting data using p-splines. The authors of p-splines, Eilers and Marx, remark that there is no technical requirement to have a small number of knots and in fact you can have many more knots ...
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### How to interpret differences in VIF and condition number?

In my present data, the Variance Inflation Factors suggest lack of substential multicolliniearity (<1,7). However, the condition number of 28 is almost at the critical value of 30. How do I ...
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### How to measure changes in condition indices over time

I am trying to understand how adding data, one observation at a time, affects the condition indices of a model. A similar question is how adding individual observations affects the principal ...
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### QR decomposition used for estimating condition numbers

I have read that the QR decomposition is often used to estimate the condition number of a matrix but I don't understand... what is the benefit of using the QR decomposition for this? Is it purely ...
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### Kappa condition number in R

I have read that the kappa function in R does not always explicitly calculate the condition number of a matrix, but rather, estimates the 2 norm of a matrix or a QR ...