scipy.stats.linregress

scipy.stats.linregress(x, y=None, alternative='two-sided')[source]

Calculate a linear least-squares regression for two sets of measurements.

Parameters
x, yarray_like

Two sets of measurements. Both arrays should have the same length. If only x is given (and y=None), then it must be a two-dimensional array where one dimension has length 2. The two sets of measurements are then found by splitting the array along the length-2 dimension. In the case where y=None and x is a 2x2 array, linregress(x) is equivalent to linregress(x[0], x[1]).

alternative{‘two-sided’, ‘less’, ‘greater’}, optional

Defines the alternative hypothesis. Default is ‘two-sided’. The following options are available:

  • ‘two-sided’: the slope of the regression line is nonzero

  • ‘less’: the slope of the regression line is less than zero

  • ‘greater’: the slope of the regression line is greater than zero

New in version 1.7.0.

Returns
resultLinregressResult instance

The return value is an object with the following attributes:

slopefloat

Slope of the regression line.

interceptfloat

Intercept of the regression line.

rvaluefloat

The Pearson correlation coefficient. The square of rvalue is equal to the coefficient of determination.

pvaluefloat

The p-value for a hypothesis test whose null hypothesis is that the slope is zero, using Wald Test with t-distribution of the test statistic. See alternative above for alternative hypotheses.

stderrfloat

Standard error of the estimated slope (gradient), under the assumption of residual normality.

intercept_stderrfloat

Standard error of the estimated intercept, under the assumption of residual normality.

See also

scipy.optimize.curve_fit

Use non-linear least squares to fit a function to data.

scipy.optimize.leastsq

Minimize the sum of squares of a set of equations.

Notes

Missing values are considered pair-wise: if a value is missing in x, the corresponding value in y is masked.

For compatibility with older versions of SciPy, the return value acts like a namedtuple of length 5, with fields slope, intercept, rvalue, pvalue and stderr, so one can continue to write:

slope, intercept, r, p, se = linregress(x, y)

With that style, however, the standard error of the intercept is not available. To have access to all the computed values, including the standard error of the intercept, use the return value as an object with attributes, e.g.:

result = linregress(x, y)
print(result.intercept, result.intercept_stderr)

Examples

>>> import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
>>> from scipy import stats
>>> rng = np.random.default_rng()

Generate some data:

>>> x = rng.random(10)
>>> y = 1.6*x + rng.random(10)

Perform the linear regression:

>>> res = stats.linregress(x, y)

Coefficient of determination (R-squared):

>>> print(f"R-squared: {res.rvalue**2:.6f}")
R-squared: 0.717533

Plot the data along with the fitted line:

>>> plt.plot(x, y, 'o', label='original data')
>>> plt.plot(x, res.intercept + res.slope*x, 'r', label='fitted line')
>>> plt.legend()
>>> plt.show()
../../_images/scipy-stats-linregress-1_00_00.png

Calculate 95% confidence interval on slope and intercept:

>>> # Two-sided inverse Students t-distribution
>>> # p - probability, df - degrees of freedom
>>> from scipy.stats import t
>>> tinv = lambda p, df: abs(t.ppf(p/2, df))
>>> ts = tinv(0.05, len(x)-2)
>>> print(f"slope (95%): {res.slope:.6f} +/- {ts*res.stderr:.6f}")
slope (95%): 1.453392 +/- 0.743465
>>> print(f"intercept (95%): {res.intercept:.6f}"
...       f" +/- {ts*res.intercept_stderr:.6f}")
intercept (95%): 0.616950 +/- 0.544475