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Standard deviation of residuals or Root-mean-square error (RMSD)

Calculating the standard deviation of residuals (or root-mean-square error (RMSD) or root-mean-square deviation (RMSD)) to measure disagreement between a linear regression model and a set of data.

Video transcript

- [Instructor] What we're going to do in this video is calculate a typical measure of how well the actual data points agree with a model, in this case, a linear model and there's several names for it. We could consider this to be the standard deviation of the residuals and that's essentially what we're going to calculate. You could also call it the root-mean-square error and you'll see why it's called this because this really describes how we calculate it. So, what we're going to do is look at the residuals for each of these points and then we're going to find the standard deviation of them. So, just as a bit of review, the ith residual is going to be equal to the ith Y value for a given X minus the predicted Y value for a given X. Now, when I say Y hat right over here, this just says what would the linear regression predict for a given X? And this is the actual Y for a given X. So, for example, and we've done this in other videos, this is all review, the residual here when X is equal to one, we have Y is equal to one but what was predicted by the model is 2.5 times one minus two which is .5. So, one minus .5, so this residual here, this residual is equal to one minus 0.5 which is equal to 0.5 and it's a positive 0.5 and if the actual point is above the model you're going to have a positive residual. Now, the residual over here you also have the actual point being higher than the model, so this is also going to be a positive residual and once again, when X is equal to three, the actual Y is six, the predicted Y is 2.5 times three, which is 7.5 minus two which is 5.5. So, you have six minus 5.5, so here I'll write residual is equal to six minus 5.5 which is equal to 0.5. So, once again you have a positive residual. Now, for this point that sits right on the model, the actual is the predicted, when X is two, the actual is three and what was predicted by the model is three, so the residual here is equal to the actual is three and the predicted is three, so it's equal to zero and then last but not least, you have this data point where the residual is going to be the actual, when X is equal to two is two, minus the predicted. Well, when X is equal to two, you have 2.5 times two, which is equal to five minus two is equal to three. So, two minus three is equal to negative one. And so, when your actual is below your regression line, you're going to have a negative residual, so this is going to be negative one right over there. Now we can calculate the standard deviation of the residuals. We're going to take this first residual which is 0.5, and we're going to square it, we're going to add it to the second residual right over here, I'll use this blue or this teal color, that's zero, gonna square that. Then we have this third residual which is negative one, so plus negative one squared and then finally, we have that fourth residual which is 0.5 squared, 0.5 squared, so once again, we took each of the residuals, which you could view as the distance between the points and what the model would predict, we are squaring them, when you take a typical standard deviation, you're taking the distance between a point and the mean. Here we're taking the distance between a point and what the model would have predicted but we're squaring each of those residuals and adding them all up together, and just like we do with the sample standard deviation, we are now going to divide by one less than the number of residuals we just squared and added, so we have four residuals, we're going to divide by four minus one which is equal to of course three. You could view this part as a mean of the squared errors and now we're gonna take the square root of it. So, let's see, this is going to be equal to square root of this is 0.25, 0.25, this is just zero, this is going to be positive one, and then this 0.5 squared is going to be 0.25, 0.25, all of that over three. Now, this numerator is going to be 1.5 over three, so this is going to be equal to, 1.5 is exactly half of three, so we could say this is equal to the square root of one half, this one over the square root of two, one divided by the square root of two which gets us to, so if we round to the nearest thousandths, it's roughly 0.707. So, approximately 0.707. And if you wanted to visualize that, one standard deviation of the residuals below the line would look like this, and one standard deviation above the line for any given X value would go one standard deviation of the residuals above it, it would look something like that. And this is obviously just a hand-drawn approximation but you do see that this does seem to be roughly indicative of the typical residual. Now, it's worth noting, sometimes people will say it's the average residual and it depends how you think about the word average because we are squaring the residuals, so outliers, things that are really far from the line, when you square it are going to have disproportionate impact here. If you didn't want to have that behavior we could have done something like find the mean of the absolute residuals, that actually in some ways would have been the simple one but this is a standard way of people trying to figure out how much a model disagrees with the actual data, and so you can imagine the lower this number is the better the fit of the model.