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Topic: confidence ellipse vs. single marginals
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confidence ellipse vs. single marginals
Posted: Nov 17, 2013 8:51 AM
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In 2-dim regression y = Xb the question is often whether or not b = (b1,b2) is significantly nonzero. This is usually decided by checking whether the corresponding confidence ellipse, E, for b contains the point (0,0).

Associated with E are the two marginals for b1 and b2, and corresponding single confidence intervals I1 and I2.

Consider a case where (0,0) is outside of E but 0 is inside both I1 and I2, e.g. when E is rather flat and slightly off (0,0). With respect to the original regression question: Is (b1,b2) significantly nonzero but neither one of b1 and b2 is?

That would be hard to swallow.

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