The fitting of a straight Line through a given set of points according to some specified goodness-of-fit criterion. The most common form of linear regression is Least Squares Fitting.

**References**

Edwards, A. L. *An Introduction to Linear Regression and Correlation.* San Francisco, CA: W. H. Freeman, 1976.

Edwards, A. L. *Multiple Regression and the Analysis of Variance and Covariance.* San Francisco, CA: W. H. Freeman, 1979.

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