# For what statistical analyses can you determine an R-Squared?

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Mar 20, 2016

#### Answer:

Any function can have the “fit” of the actual data assessed by an R-squared calculation after linearization.

#### Explanation:

“Regression” statistics are useful to show how close your approximation is to the actual data.

Do NOT use them as a justification for acceptance, but rather as a warning of the degree of inherent error represented by the linearized function. It is also extremely important to remember that interpolation includes the inherent error, but extrapolation (prediction) from a linear regression increases error dramatically as it moves further away from the actual data set.