- Regression is the act of going backwards.
An example of a regression is a student going back into a mode of poor study skills and failing tests.
- a regressing, or going back; return; movement backward
- Astron. the slow westward shifting of the nodes of an orbit, caused by a perturbation: the complete cycle of the regression of the nodes of the moon's orbit around the earth takes about 18.6 years
- Biol. reversion to an earlier or simpler form, or to a general or common type
- Med. a gradual subsiding of a disease or its symptoms
- Psychoanalysis reversion to earlier or more infantile behavior patterns
- Statistics an estimation technique in which functions or coefficients within functions are designed to estimate values of a dependent variable
Origin of regressionClassical Latin regressio
- The process or an instance of regressing, as to a less perfect or less developed state.
- Psychology Reversion to an earlier or less mature pattern of feeling or behavior.
- Medicine Subsidence of the symptoms or process of a disease.
- Statistics A technique for predicting the value of a dependent variable as a function of one or more independent variables in the presence of random error.
- Astronomy Retrograde motion of a celestial body.
- Geology A relative fall in sea level resulting in deposition of terrestrial strata over marine strata.
- An action of regressing, a return to a previous state.
- (psychotherapy) A psychotherapeutic method whereby healing is facilitated by inducing the patient to act out behaviour typical of an earlier developmental stage.
- (statistics) An analytic method to measure the association of one or more independent variables with a dependent variable.
- (statistics) An equation using specified and associated data for two or more variables such that one variable can be estimated from the remaining variable(s).
- (programming) The reappearance of a bug in a piece of software that had previously been fixed.