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If we regress $X$ on $Y$ and get $\beta$ as the slope and if we regress $Y$ on $X$ and get slope $\beta’$. What is the product of $\beta$ and $\beta’$

In one dimensional problem we have $\beta = S_{xy}/S_{yy}$ where

\[S_{xy} = \sum_i (x_i- \bar{x})(y_i - \bar{y})\]


\[S_{xx} = \sum_i (x_i - \bar{x})(x_i-\bar{x})\]

and similarly for $S_{yy}$. Then we have

\[\beta \beta' = \frac{S_{xy}}{S_{yy}}\frac{S_{xy}}{S_{xx}} = \frac{\left(\sum_i (x_i-\bar{x})(y_i-\bar{y})\right)^2}{\sum_i(x_i-\bar{x})^2 \sum_j(y_j-\bar{y})^2}\]

which is the square of sample correlation of $x_i$ and $y_i$.This is positive obviously and is less or equal to $1$ by the Cauchy Schwartz inequality if we treat the numerator as the square of dot product of the vector $x_i-\bar{x}$ and $y_i-\bar{y}$.

Multivariate linear regression

The range of $R^2$ in multivariate linear regression?

We first give a claim that in general linear regression, the $R^2$ is the estimate of the square of correlation between $y$ and predicted value $\hat{y}$.

\[\begin{aligned} \text{Corr}(y, \hat{y})^2 &= \frac{\left(\sum_i (y_i-\bar{y})(\hat{y}_i - \bar{\hat{y}}) \right)^2}{\sum_i (y_i-\bar{y})^2\sum_j(\hat{y}_j -\hat{\bar{y}})^2} \\ &= \frac{\left(\sum_i y_i \hat{y}_i - y_i\bar{\hat{y}}- \bar{y}\hat{y}_i + \bar{y}\bar{\hat{y}} \right)^2}{\sum_i (y_i-\bar{y})^2\sum_j(\hat{y}_j -\hat{\bar{y}})^2} \\ &= \frac{\left(\sum_i y_i \hat{y}_i - 2n \bar{y} \bar{\hat{y}} + n \bar{y}\bar{\hat{y}} \right)^2}{\sum_i (y_i-\bar{y})^2\sum_j(\hat{y}_j -\hat{\bar{y}})^2} \\ &= \frac{\left(\sum_i y_i \hat{y}_i - n \bar{y} \bar{\hat{y}} \right)^2}{\sum_i (y_i-\bar{y})^2\sum_j(\hat{y}_j -\hat{\bar{y}})^2} \end{aligned}\]

We first note that in the optimization problem,

\[X^T(X\hat{\beta} - Y) = 0\]

and since the first column of $X$ is all ones, we have

\[1^t(X\hat{\beta} - Y) = 0\quad \Rightarrow 1^t X\hat{\beta} = 1^t Y \quad \Rightarrow \boxed{\bar{\hat{Y}} = \bar{Y}}\]

And notice

\[\hat{y}^T \hat{y} = y^T (X (X^TX)^{-1} X^T ) X(X^TX)^{-1}X^T y = y^TX(X^TX)^{-1}X^Ty = y^T\hat{y}\]

Thus, we find

\[\sum_j(\hat{y}_j - \bar{\hat{y}})^2 = \sum_j \hat{y}_j^2 - n \bar{\hat{y}}^2 = \sum_j \hat{y}_j y_j - n \bar{y}^2\]

where we used the $\hat{y}^T\hat{y} = y^T\hat{y}$ which means $\sum \hat{y}_j^2 = \sum_j \hat{y}_jy_j $


\[\begin{aligned} \text{Corr}(y, \hat{y})^2 &= \frac{\left(\sum_i y_i \hat{y}_i - n \bar{y} \bar{\hat{y}} \right)^2}{\sum_i (y_i-\bar{y})^2\sum_j(\hat{y}_j -\hat{\bar{y}})^2} \\ &=\frac{\left(\sum_i y_i \hat{y}_i - n \bar{y}^2 \right)^2}{\sum_i (y_i-\bar{y})^2(\sum_j \hat{y}_j y_j - n \bar{y}^2)} \\ &= \frac{\sum_i y_i \hat{y}_i - n \bar{y}^2}{\sum_i (y_i-\bar{y})^2} \end{aligned}\]

The $R^2$ can be calculated as

\[\begin{aligned} R^2 &= 1-\frac{\sum_{i}(y_i-\hat{y}_i)^2}{\sum_i(y_i-\bar{y})^2} \\ &= \frac{\sum_i \left( 2 y_i\hat{y}_i - \hat{y}_i^2 - 2y_i\bar{y} + \bar{y}^2 \right) }{\sum_i(y_i-\bar{y})^2} \\ &= \frac{\sum_i \left( 2 y_i\hat{y}_i - \hat{y}_iy_i \right) - 2 n \bar{y}\bar{y} + n\bar{y}^2 }{\sum_i(y_i-\bar{y})^2} \\ &= \frac{\sum_i y_i\hat{y}_i - n\bar{y}^2}{\sum_i(y_i-\bar{y})^2} = \text{Corr}(y,\hat{y})^2 \end{aligned}\]

Since the correlation estimation is in $[0,1]$ by Cauchy-Schwartz inequality. We showed that for linear regression $R^2$ is also in that range.

R^2 is the correlation squared between $y$ and $x$ in $1D$ OLS

In 1d problem, $y\sim \beta x + \beta_0$. We know from above

\[\begin{aligned} R^2 &= \text{Corr}^2(y,\hat{y}) \\ &=\frac{\left(\sum_{i}(y_i-\bar{y})(\hat{y}_i-\bar{\hat{y}})\right)^2}{\sum_i (y_i-\bar{y})^2\sum_i (\hat{y}_i-\bar{\hat{y}})^2} \\ &=\frac{\left(\sum_i(\hat{\beta}x-\hat{\beta}\bar{x})\cdot ( y_i-\bar{y})\right)^2}{\sum_i(\hat{\beta}x - \hat{\beta}\bar{x})^2\sum_i(y-y_i)^2}\\ &=\frac{\left(\sum_i(x-\bar{x})\cdot ( y_i-\bar{y})\right)^2}{\sum_i(x - \bar{x})^2\sum_i(y-y_i)^2} \end{aligned}\]

which means $R^2$ is the correlation squared between $y$ and $x$.

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