Collinearity Diagnostics, Model Fit & Variable Contribution"


Collinearity Diagnostics

Collinearity implies two variables are near perfect linear combinations of one another. Multicollinearity involves more than two variables. In the presence of multicollinearity, regression estimates are unstable and have high standard errors.


Variance inflation factors measure the inflation in the variances of the parameter estimates due to collinearities that exist among the predictors. It is a measure of how much the variance of the estimated regression coefficient $\beta_{k}$ is "inflated" by the existence of correlation among the predictor variables in the model. A VIF of 1 means that there is no correlation among the kth predictor and the remaining predictor variables, and hence the variance of $\beta_{k}$ is not inflated at all. The general rule of thumb is that VIFs exceeding 4 warrant further investigation, while VIFs exceeding 10 are signs of serious multicollinearity requiring correction.

Steps to calculate VIF:

$$VIF = \frac{1}{1 - {R}^{2}_{k}} = \frac{1}{Tolerance}$$

model <- lm(mpg ~ disp + hp + wt + qsec, data = mtcars)


Percent of variance in the predictor that cannot be accounted for by other predictors.

Steps to calculate tolerance:

$$Tolerance = 1 - {R}^{2}_{k}$$

Condition Index

Most multivariate statistical approaches involve decomposing a correlation matrix into linear combinations of variables. The linear combinations are chosen so that the first combination has the largest possible variance (subject to some restrictions we won't discuss), the second combination has the next largest variance, subject to being uncorrelated with the first, the third has the largest possible variance, subject to being uncorrelated with the first and second, and so forth. The variance of each of these linear combinations is called an eigenvalue. Collinearity is spotted by finding 2 or more variables that have large proportions of variance (.50 or more) that correspond to large condition indices. A rule of thumb is to label as large those condition indices in the range of 30 or larger.

model <- lm(mpg ~ disp + hp + wt + qsec, data = mtcars)

Collinearity Diagnostics

model <- lm(mpg ~ disp + hp + wt + qsec, data = mtcars)

Model Fit Assessment

Residual Fit Spread Plot

Plot to detect non-linearity, influential observations and outliers. Consists of side-by-side quantile plots of the centered fit and the residuals. It shows how much variation in the data is explained by the fit and how much remains in the residuals. For inappropriate models, the spread of the residuals in such a plot is often greater than the spread of the centered fit.

model <- lm(mpg ~ disp + hp + wt + qsec, data = mtcars)

Part & Partial Correlations


Relative importance of independent variables in determining Y. How much each variable uniquely contributes to $R^{2}$ over and above that which can be accounted for by the other predictors.

Zero Order

Pearson correlation coefficient between the dependent variable and the independent variables.


Unique contribution of independent variables. How much $R^{2}$ will decrease if that variable is removed from the model?


How much of the variance in Y, which is not estimated by the other independent variables in the model, is estimated by the specific variable?

model <- lm(mpg ~ disp + hp + wt + qsec, data = mtcars)

Observed vs Predicted Plot

Plot of observed vs fitted values to assess the fit of the model. Ideally, all your points should be close to a regressed diagonal line. Draw such a diagonal line within your graph and check out where the points lie. If your model had a high R Square, all the points would be close to this diagonal line. The lower the R Square, the weaker the Goodness of fit of your model, the more foggy or dispersed your points are from this diagonal line.

model <- lm(mpg ~ disp + hp + wt + qsec, data = mtcars)

Lack of Fit F Test

Assess how much of the error in prediction is due to lack of model fit. The residual sum of squares resulting from a regression can be decomposed into 2 components:

If most of the error is due to lack of fit and not just random error, the model should be discarded and a new model must be built. The lack of fit F test works only with simple linear regression. Moreover, it is important that the data contains repeat observations i.e. replicates for at least one of the values of the predictor x. This test generally only applies to datasets with plenty of replicates.

model <- lm(mpg ~ disp, data = mtcars)

Diagnostics Panel

Panel of plots for regression diagnostics

model <- lm(mpg ~ disp + hp + wt + qsec, data = mtcars)

Variable Contributions

Residual vs Regressor Plots

Graph to determine whether we should add a new predictor to the model already containing other predictors. The residuals from the model is regressed on the new predictor and if the plot shows non random pattern, you should consider adding the new predictor to the model.

model <- lm(mpg ~ disp + hp + wt, data = mtcars)
ols_plot_resid_regressor(model, 'drat')

Added Variable Plot

Added variable plot provides information about the marginal importance of a predictor variable $X_{k}$, given the other predictor variables already in the model. It shows the marginal importance of the variable in reducing the residual variability.

The added variable plot was introduced by Mosteller and Tukey (1977). It enables us to visualize the regression coefficient of a new variable being considered to be included in a model. The plot can be constructed for each predictor variable.

Let us assume we want to test the effect of adding/removing variable X from a model. Let the response variable of the model be Y

Steps to construct an added variable plot:

What do the Y and X residuals represent? The Y residuals represent the part of Y not explained by all the variables other than X. The X residuals represent the part of X not explained by other variables. The slope of the line fitted to the points in the added variable plot is equal to the regression coefficient when Y is regressed on all variables including X.

A strong linear relationship in the added variable plot indicates the increased importance of the contribution of X to the model already containing the other predictors.

model <- lm(mpg ~ disp + hp + wt + qsec, data = mtcars)

Residual Plus Component Plot

The residual plus component plot was introduced by Ezekeil (1924). It was called as Partial Residual Plot by Larsen and McCleary (1972). Hadi and Chatterjee (2012) called it the residual plus component plot.

Steps to construct the plot:

The residual plus component plot indicates whether any non-linearity is present in the relationship between Y and X and can suggest possible transformations for linearizing the data.

model <- lm(mpg ~ disp + hp + wt + qsec, data = mtcars)

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