Polynomial regression fits a response variable as a polynomial in a predictor variable by the method of least squares.
To properly analyze and interpret results of polynomial regression, you should be familiar with the following terms and concepts:
If you are not familiar with these terms and concepts, you are advised to consult with a statistician. Failure to understand and properly apply polynomial regression may result in drawing erroneous conclusions from your data. Additionally, you may want to consult the following references:
- Draper, N. R. and Smith, H. 1981. Applied Regression Analysis. 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
- Neter, J., Kutner, M.H., Nachtsheim, C.J., and Wasserman, W. 1996. Applied Linear Regression Models. 3rd ed. Chicago: Irwin.
- Neter, J., Wasserman, W., and Kutner, M.H. 1990. Applied Linear Statistical Models. 3rd ed. Homewood, IL: Irwin.
- Sokal, Robert R. and Rohlf, F. James. 1995. Biometry. 3rd. ed. New York: W. H. Freeman and Co.
- Zar, Jerrold H. 1996. Biostatistical Analysis. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.