# How to fit a linear model to two columns of data (in Python, using SciPy)

## Task

Letâ€™s say we have two columns of data, one for a single independent variable $x$ and the other for a single dependent variable $y$. How can I find the best fit linear model that predicts $y$ based on $x$?

In other words, what are the model coefficients $\beta_0$ and $\beta_1$ that give me the best linear model $\hat y=\beta_0+\beta_1x$ based on my data?

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## Solution

This solution uses a pandas DataFrame of fake example data. When using this code, replace our fake data with your real data.

Although the solution below uses plain Python lists of data, it also works if the data are stored in NumPy arrays or pandas Series.

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# Here is the fake data you should replace with your real data.
xs = [ 393, 453, 553, 679, 729, 748, 817 ]
ys = [ 24, 25, 27, 36, 55, 68, 84 ]
# We will use SciPy to build the model
import scipy.stats as stats
# If you need the model coefficients stored in variables for later use, do:
model = stats.linregress( xs, ys )
beta0 = model.intercept
beta1 = model.slope
# If you just need to see the coefficients (and some other related data),
# do this alone:
stats.linregress( xs, ys )

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LinregressResult(slope=0.1327195637885226, intercept=-37.32141898334582, rvalue=0.8949574425541466, pvalue=0.006486043236692156, stderr=0.029588975845594334, intercept_stderr=18.995444317768097)

The linear model in this example is approximately $\hat y=0.133x-37.32$.

Content last modified on 24 July 2023.

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Contributed by Nathan Carter (ncarter@bentley.edu)