regression toward the mean

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Noun1.regression toward the mean - the relation between selected values of x and observed values of y (from which the most probable value of y can be predicted for any value of x)
statistics - a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters
statistical method, statistical procedure - a method of analyzing or representing statistical data; a procedure for calculating a statistic
regression analysis - the use of regression to make quantitative predictions of one variable from the values of another
linear regression, rectilinear regression - the relation between variables when the regression equation is linear: e.g., y = ax + b
curvilinear regression - the relation between variables when the regression equation is nonlinear (quadratic or higher order)
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REGRESSION towards the mean doesn't just affect teams - it applies in all sorts of situations.
The basic prediction is regression towards the mean in consumption across generations.
This note re-examines the main finding of Creedy's (1997a) study of income dynamics in New Zealand: regression towards the mean of taxable income and negative serial correlation.