scipy.stats.mstats.linregress(x, y=None)[source]

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

x, y : array_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.

slope : float

slope of the regression line

intercept : float

intercept of the regression line

rvalue : float

correlation coefficient

pvalue : float

two-sided 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.

stderr : float

Standard error of the estimated gradient.

See also

Use non-linear least squares to fit a function to data.
Minimize the sum of squares of a set of equations.


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


>>> import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
>>> from scipy import stats

Generate some data:

>>> np.random.seed(12345678)
>>> x = np.random.random(10)
>>> y = 1.6*x + np.random.random(10)

Perform the linear regression:

>>> slope, intercept, r_value, p_value, std_err = stats.linregress(x, y)
>>> print("slope: %f    intercept: %f" % (slope, intercept))
slope: 1.944864    intercept: 0.268578

To get coefficient of determination (r_squared):

>>> print("r-squared: %f" % r_value**2)
r-squared: 0.735498

Plot the data along with the fitted line:

>>> plt.plot(x, y, 'o', label='original data')
>>> plt.plot(x, intercept + slope*x, 'r', label='fitted line')
>>> plt.legend()

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