Manassa Mauler Manassa Mauler - 8 months ago 35
R Question

How do I get regression coefficients from a variance covariance matrix in R?

I want to work out a multiple regression example all the way through using matrix algebra to calculate the regression coefficients.

#create vectors -- these will be our columns
y <- c(3,3,2,4,4,5,2,3,5,3)
x1 <- c(2,2,4,3,4,4,5,3,3,5)
x2 <- c(3,3,4,4,3,3,4,2,4,4)

#create matrix from vectors
M <- cbind(y,x1,x2)
k <- ncol(M) #number of variables
n <- nrow(M) #number of subjects

#create means for each column
M_mean <- matrix(data=1, nrow=n) %*% cbind(mean(y),mean(x1),mean(x2)); M_mean

#creates a difference matrix which gives deviation scores
D <- M - M_mean; D

#creates the covariance matrix, the sum of squares are in the diagonal and the sum of cross products are in the off diagonals.
C <- t(D) %*% D; C

I can see what the final values should be (-.19, -.01) and what the matrices before this calculation look like.


But I'm not sure how to create these from the variance-covariance matrix to get the coefficients using matrix algebra.

Hope you can help.

Answer Source

I can see that you are doing centred regression:

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The answer by sandipan is not quite what you want, as it goes through the usual normal equation to estimate:

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There is already a thread on the latter: Solving normal equation gives different coefficients from using lm? Here I focus on the former.

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Actually you are already quite close. You have obtained the mixed covariance C:

#      y   x1   x2
#y  10.4 -2.0 -0.6
#x1 -2.0 10.5  3.0
#x2 -0.6  3.0  4.4

From your definition of E and F, you know you need sub-matrices to proceed. In fact, you can do matrix subsetting rather than manually imputing:

E <- C[2:3, 2:3]

#     x1  x2
#x1 10.5 3.0
#x2  3.0 4.4

F <- C[2:3, 1, drop = FALSE]  ## note the `drop = FALSE`

#      y
#x1 -2.0
#x2 -0.6

Then the estimate is just enter image description here, and you can do in R (read ?solve):

c(solve(E, F))  ## use `c` to collapse matrix into a vector
# [1] -0.188172043 -0.008064516

Other suggestions

  • you can find column means by colMeans, instead of a matrix multiplication (read ?colMeans);
  • you can perform centring by using sweep (read ?sweep);
  • use crossprod(D) than t(D) %*% D (read ?crossprod).

Here is a session I would do:

y <- c(3,3,2,4,4,5,2,3,5,3)
x1 <- c(2,2,4,3,4,4,5,3,3,5)
x2 <- c(3,3,4,4,3,3,4,2,4,4)

M <- cbind(y,x1,x2)
M_mean <- colMeans(M)
D <- sweep(M, 2, M_mean)
C <- crossprod(D)

E <- C[2:3, 2:3]
F <- C[2:3, 1, drop = FALSE]
c(solve(E, F))
# [1] -0.188172043 -0.008064516