# Questions tagged [logistic]

Refers generally to statistical procedures that utilize the logistic function, most commonly various forms of logistic regression

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### Difference between logit and probit models

What is the difference between Logit and Probit model? I'm more interested here in knowing when to use logistic regression, and when to use Probit. If there is any literature which defines it using ...
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### How to deal with perfect separation in logistic regression?

If you have a variable which perfectly separates zeroes and ones in target variable, R will yield the following "perfect or quasi perfect separation" warning message: ...
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### What is the difference between linear regression and logistic regression?

What is the difference between linear regression and logistic regression? When would you use each?
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### Does an unbalanced sample matter when doing logistic regression?

Okay, so I think I have a decent enough sample, taking into account the 20:1 rule of thumb: a fairly large sample (N=374) for a total of 7 candidate predictor variables. My problem is the following: ...
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### What is rank deficiency, and how to deal with it?

Fitting a logistic regression using lme4 ends with Error in mer_finalize(ans) : Downdated X'X is not positive definite. A likely cause of this error is ...
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### Softmax vs Sigmoid function in Logistic classifier?

What decides the choice of function ( Softmax vs Sigmoid ) in a Logistic classifier ? Suppose there are 4 output classes . Each of the above function gives the probabilities of each class being the ...
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### How to calculate Area Under the Curve (AUC), or the c-statistic, by hand

I am interested in calculating area under the curve (AUC), or the c-statistic, by hand for a binary logistic regression model. For example, in the validation dataset, I have the true value for the ...
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### Why isn't Logistic Regression called Logistic Classification?

Since Logistic Regression is a statistical classification model dealing with categorical dependent variables, why isn't it called Logistic Classification? Shouldn't the "Regression" name be reserved ...
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### Solving for regression parameters in closed-form vs gradient descent

In Andrew Ng's machine learning course, he introduces linear regression and logistic regression, and shows how to fit the model parameters using gradient descent and Newton's method. I know gradient ...
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### What do the residuals in a logistic regression mean?

In answering this question John Christie suggested that the fit of logistic regression models should be assessed by evaluating the residuals. I'm familiar with how to interpret residuals in OLS, they ...
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### What is the difference between a “link function” and a “canonical link function” for GLM

What's the difference between terms 'link function' and 'canonical link function'? Also, are there any (theoretical) advantages of using one over the other? For example, a binary response variable ...
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### How does a simple logistic regression model achieve a 92% classification accuracy on MNIST?

Even though all the images in the MNIST dataset are centered, with a similar scale, and face up with no rotations, they have a significant handwriting variation that puzzles me how a linear model ...
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### Diagnostics for logistic regression?

For linear regression, we can check the diagnostic plots (residuals plots, Normal QQ plots, etc) to check if the assumptions of linear regression are violated. For logistic regression, I am having ...
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### Which pseudo-$R^2$ measure is the one to report for logistic regression (Cox & Snell or Nagelkerke)?

I have SPSS output for a logistic regression model. The output reports two measures for the model fit, Cox & Snell and ...
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### Wald test for logistic regression

As far as I understand the Wald test in the context of logistic regression is used to determine whether a certain predictor variable $X$ is significant or not. It rejects the null hypothesis of the ...
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### Why is logistic regression a linear classifier?

Since we are using the logistic function to transform a linear combination of the input into a non-linear output, how can logistic regression be considered a linear classifier? Linear regression is ...
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### Is standardization needed before fitting logistic regression?

My question is do we need to standardize the data set to make sure all variables have the same scale, between [0,1], before fitting logistic regression. The formula is: \frac{x_i-\min(x_i)}{\max(...
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### Logistic regression in R resulted in perfect separation (Hauck-Donner phenomenon). Now what?

I'm trying to predict a binary outcome using 50 continuous explanatory variables (the range of most of the variables is $-\infty$ to $\infty$). My data set has almost 24,000 rows. When I run ...
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### Alternatives to logistic regression in R

I would like as many algorithms that perform the same task as logistic regression. That is algorithms/models that can give a prediction to a binary response (Y) with some explanatory variable (X). ...
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### How to calculate pseudo-$R^2$ from R's logistic regression?

Christopher Manning's writeup on logistic regression in R shows a logistic regression in R as follows: ...
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### Comparing SVM and logistic regression

Can someone please give me some intuition as to when to choose either SVM or LR? I want to understand the intuition behind what is the difference between the optimization criteria of learning the ...
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### How is the cost function from Logistic Regression derivated

I am doing the Machine Learning Stanford course on Coursera. In the chapter on Logistic Regression, the cost function is this: Then, it is derivated here: I tried getting the derivative of the cost ...
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### Interpretation of plot (glm.model)

Can anyone tell me how to interpret the 'residuals vs fitted', 'normal q-q', 'scale-location', and 'residuals vs leverage' plots? I am fitting a binomial GLM, saving it and then plotting it.
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### Are there algorithms for computing “running” linear or logistic regression parameters?

A paper "Accurately computing running variance" at http://www.johndcook.com/standard_deviation.html shows how to compute running mean, variance and standard deviations. Are there algorithms where the ...