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**EC220 - Introduction to econometrics (chapter 2)**

Christopher Dougherty EC220 - Introduction to econometrics (chapter 2) Slideshow: f test of goodness of fit Original citation: Dougherty, C. (2012) EC220 - Introduction to econometrics (chapter 2). [Teaching Resource] © 2012 The Author This version available at: Available in LSE Learning Resources Online: May 2012 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. This license allows the user to remix, tweak, and build upon the work even for commercial purposes, as long as the user credits the author and licenses their new creations under the identical terms.

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**F TEST OF GOODNESS OF FIT**

In an earlier sequence it was demonstrated that the sum of the squares of the actual values of Y (TSS: total sum of squares) could be decomposed into the sum of the squares of the fitted values (ESS: explained sum of squares) and the sum of the squares of the residuals. 1

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R2, the usual measure of goodness of fit, was then defined to be the ratio of the explained sum of squares to the total sum of squares. 2

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The null hypothesis that we are going to test is that the model has no explanatory power. 3

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Since X is the only explanatory variable at the moment, the null hypothesis is that Y is not determined by X. Mathematically, we have H0: b2 = 0 4

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Hypotheses concerning goodness of fit are tested via the F statistic, defined as shown. k is the number of parameters in the regression equation, which at present is just 2. 5

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n – k is, as with the t statistic, the number of degrees of freedom (number of observations less the number of parameters estimated). For simple regression analysis, it is n – 2. 6

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The F statistic may alternatively be written in terms of R2. First divide the numerator and denominator by TSS. 7

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We can now rewrite the F statistic as shown. The R2 in the numerator comes straight from the definition of R2. 8

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It is easily demonstrated that RSS/TSS is equal to 1 – R2. 9

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F is a monotonically increasing function of R2. As R2 increases, the numerator increases and the denominator decreases, so for both of these reasons F increases. 10

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R2 Here is F plotted as a function of R2 for the case where there is 1 explanatory variable and 20 observations. 11

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R2 If the null hypothesis is true, F will have a random distribution. 12

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R2 There will be some critical value which it will exceed only 5 percent of the time. If we are performing a 5 percent significance test, we will reject H0 if the F statistic is greater than this critical value. 13

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R2 In the case of an F test, the critical value depends on the number of explanatory variables as well as the number of degrees of freedom. 14

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R2 For the present example, the critical value for a 5 percent significance test is 4.41, when R2 is 0.20. 15

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R2 If we wished to be more cautious, we could perform a 1 percent test. For this the critical value of F is 8.29, where R2 is 0.32. 16

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R2 If R2 is higher than 0.32, F will be higher than 8.29, and we will reject the null hypothesis at the 1 percent level. 17

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R2 Why do we perform the test indirectly, through F, instead of directly through R2? After all, it would be easy to compute the critical values of R2 from those for F. 18

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R2 The reason is that an F test can be used for several tests of analysis of variance. Rather than have a specialized table for each test, it is more convenient to have just one. 19

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Note that, for simple regression analysis, the null and alternative hypotheses are mathematically exactly the same as for a two-tailed t test. Could the F test come to a different conclusion from the t test? 20

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The answer, of course, is no. We will demonstrate that, for simple regression analysis, the F statistic is the square of the t statistic. 21

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We start by replacing ESS and RSS by their mathematical expressions. 22

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The denominator is the expression for su2, the estimator of su2, for the simple regression model. We expand the numerator using the expression for the fitted relationship. 23

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The b1 terms in the numerator cancel. The rest of the numerator can be grouped as shown. 24

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We take the b22 term out of the summation as a factor. 25

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We move the term involving X to the denominator. 26

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The denominator is the square of the standard error of b2. 27

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Hence we obtain b22 divided by the square of the standard error of b2. This is the t statistic, squared. 28

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It can also be shown that the critical value of F, at any significance level, is equal to the square of the critical value of t. We will not attempt to prove this. 29

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Since the F test is equivalent to a two-tailed t test in the simple regression model, there is no point in performing both tests. In fact, if justified, a one-tailed t test would be better than either because it is more powerful (lower risk of Type II error if H0 is false). 30

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The F test will have its own role to play when we come to multiple regression analysis. 31

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. reg EARNINGS S Source | SS df MS Number of obs = F( 1, 538) = Model | Prob > F = Residual | R-squared = Adj R-squared = Total | Root MSE = EARNINGS | Coef. Std. Err t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] S | _cons | Here is the output for the regression of hourly earnings on years of schooling for the sample of 540 respondents from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. 32

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**F TEST OF GOODNESS OF FIT**

. reg EARNINGS S Source | SS df MS Number of obs = F( 1, 538) = Model | Prob > F = Residual | R-squared = Adj R-squared = Total | Root MSE = EARNINGS | Coef. Std. Err t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] S | _cons | We shall check that the F statistic has been calculated correctly. The explained sum of squares (described in Stata as the model sum of squares) is 33

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**F TEST OF GOODNESS OF FIT**

. reg EARNINGS S Source | SS df MS Number of obs = F( 1, 538) = Model | Prob > F = Residual | R-squared = Adj R-squared = Total | Root MSE = EARNINGS | Coef. Std. Err t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] S | _cons | The residual sum of squares is 34

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**F TEST OF GOODNESS OF FIT**

. reg EARNINGS S Source | SS df MS Number of obs = F( 1, 538) = Model | Prob > F = Residual | R-squared = Adj R-squared = Total | Root MSE = EARNINGS | Coef. Std. Err t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] S | _cons | The number of degrees of freedom is 540 – 2 = 538. 35

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**F TEST OF GOODNESS OF FIT**

. reg EARNINGS S Source | SS df MS Number of obs = F( 1, 538) = Model | Prob > F = Residual | R-squared = Adj R-squared = Total | Root MSE = EARNINGS | Coef. Std. Err t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] S | _cons | The denominator of the expression for F is therefore Note that this is an estimate of su2. Its square root, denoted in Stata by Root MSE, is an estimate of the standard deviation of u. 36

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. reg EARNINGS S Source | SS df MS Number of obs = F( 1, 538) = Model | Prob > F = Residual | R-squared = Adj R-squared = Total | Root MSE = EARNINGS | Coef. Std. Err t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] S | _cons | Our calculation of F agrees with that in the Stata output. 37

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. reg EARNINGS S Source | SS df MS Number of obs = F( 1, 538) = Model | Prob > F = Residual | R-squared = Adj R-squared = Total | Root MSE = EARNINGS | Coef. Std. Err t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] S | _cons | We will also check the F statistic using theexpression for it in terms of R2. We see again that it agrees. 38

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**F TEST OF GOODNESS OF FIT**

. reg EARNINGS S Source | SS df MS Number of obs = F( 1, 538) = Model | Prob > F = Residual | R-squared = Adj R-squared = Total | Root MSE = EARNINGS | Coef. Std. Err t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] S | _cons | We will also check the relationship between the F statistic and the t statistic for the slope coefficient. 39

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. reg EARNINGS S Source | SS df MS Number of obs = F( 1, 538) = Model | Prob > F = Residual | R-squared = Adj R-squared = Total | Root MSE = EARNINGS | Coef. Std. Err t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] S | _cons | Obviously, this is correct as well. 40

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**Copyright Christopher Dougherty 2011.**

These slideshows may be downloaded by anyone, anywhere for personal use. Subject to respect for copyright and, where appropriate, attribution, they may be used as a resource for teaching an econometrics course. There is no need to refer to the author. The content of this slideshow comes from Section 2.7 of C. Dougherty, Introduction to Econometrics, fourth edition 2011, Oxford University Press. Additional (free) resources for both students and instructors may be downloaded from the OUP Online Resource Centre Individuals studying econometrics on their own and who feel that they might benefit from participation in a formal course should consider the London School of Economics summer school course EC212 Introduction to Econometrics or the University of London International Programmes distance learning course 20 Elements of Econometrics

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