Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH102/December 2017/Question 01
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Shown below are a number of functions approximating the data points
Choose the function with the smallest sum of squared residuals.
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We need to find the sum of the differences between the actual values (at the points) and the functional values.
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The sum of squared residuals, are computed as follows:
so it is not the smallest. The situation is similar for other functions.
So Function has the smallest sum of squared residuals.