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I notice that the R squared statistical value is different in Excel than in Grapher with a fit curve that goes through the origin. Can this be explained?

According to a variety of statistical sources, R squared cannot be calculated in the same manner when a through origin fit is selected.

  • Excel uses the same equation regardless of whether the fit curve is forced through the origin. This results in a different R squared value in Excel. This value can occasionally be negative, so using the same equation is not a good idea when forcing a curve through the origin.

  • Grapher uses an equation specifically designed for a through origin fit that takes into account the issues of how the line is centered.

Refer to the Grapher help file (click the Home | Help | Contents) for the exact equation used in both cases.

 

Updated July 7, 2016

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