The built-in mtcars data frame contains information about 32 cars, including their weight, fuel efficiency (in miles-per-gallon), speed, etc. (To find out more about the dataset, use `help(mtcars)`

).

If we are interested in the relationship between fuel efficiency (`mpg`

) and weight (`wt`

) we may start plotting those variables with:

```
plot(mpg ~ wt, data = mtcars, col=2)
```

The plots shows a (linear) relationship!. Then if we want to perform linear regression to determine the coefficients of a linear model, we would use the `lm`

function:

```
fit <- lm(mpg ~ wt, data = mtcars)
```

The `~`

here means "explained by", so the formula `mpg ~ wt`

means we are predicting mpg as explained by wt. The most helpful way to view the output is with:

```
summary(fit)
```

Which gives the output:

```
Call:
lm(formula = mpg ~ wt, data = mtcars)
Residuals:
Min 1Q Median 3Q Max
-4.5432 -2.3647 -0.1252 1.4096 6.8727
Coefficients:
Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>|t|)
(Intercept) 37.2851 1.8776 19.858 < 2e-16 ***
wt -5.3445 0.5591 -9.559 1.29e-10 ***
---
Signif. codes: 0 ‘***’ 0.001 ‘**’ 0.01 ‘*’ 0.05 ‘.’ 0.1 ‘ ’ 1
Residual standard error: 3.046 on 30 degrees of freedom
Multiple R-squared: 0.7528, Adjusted R-squared: 0.7446
F-statistic: 91.38 on 1 and 30 DF, p-value: 1.294e-10
```

This provides information about:

- the estimated slope of each coefficient (
`wt`

and the y-intercept), which suggests the best-fit prediction of mpg is`37.2851 + (-5.3445) * wt`

- The p-value of each coefficient, which suggests that the intercept and weight are probably not due to chance
- Overall estimates of fit such as R^2 and adjusted R^2, which show how much of the variation in
`mpg`

is explained by the model

We could add a line to our first plot to show the predicted `mpg`

:

```
abline(fit,col=3,lwd=2)
```

It is also possible to add the equation to that plot. First, get the coefficients with `coef`

. Then using `paste0`

we collapse the coefficients with appropriate variables and `+/-`

, to built the equation. Finally, we add it to the plot using `mtext`

:

```
bs <- round(coef(fit), 3)
lmlab <- paste0("mpg = ", bs[1],
ifelse(sign(bs[2])==1, " + ", " - "), abs(bs[2]), " wt ")
mtext(lmlab, 3, line=-2)
```

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