# 1: Introduction

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One of the most fundamental of the broad range of data mining techniques that have been developed is regression modeling. Regression modeling is simply generating a mathematical model from measured data. This model is said to explain an output value given a new set of input values. Linear regression modeling is a specific form of regression modeling that assumes that the output can be explained using a linear combination of the input values.

- 1.0: Prelude to Linear Regression
- Data mining is a phrase that has been popularly used to suggest the process of finding useful information from within a large collection of data. I like to think of data mining as encompassing a broad range of statistical techniques and tools that can be used to extract different types of information from your data. Which particular technique or tool to use depends on your specific goals.