15.071 | Spring 2017 | Graduate

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3.2 Modeling the Expert: An Introduction to Logistic Regression

3.2 Modeling the Expert: An Introduction to Logistic Regression

Quick Question


In R, create a logistic regression model to predict “PoorCare” using the independent variables “StartedOnCombination” and “ProviderCount”. Use the training set we created in the previous video to build the model.

Note: If you haven’t already loaded and split the data in R, please run these commands in your R console to load and split the data set. Remember to first navigate to the directory where you have saved “quality.csv”.

quality = read.csv(“quality.csv”)




split = sample.split(quality$PoorCare, SplitRatio = 0.75)

qualityTrain = subset(quality, split == TRUE)

qualityTest = subset(quality, split == FALSE)

Then recall that we built a logistic regression model to predict PoorCare using the R command:

QualityLog = glm(PoorCare ~ OfficeVisits + Narcotics, data=qualityTrain, family=binomial)

You will need to adjust this command to answer this question, and then look at the summary(QualityLog) output.

What is the coefficient for “StartedOnCombination”?

Exercise 1

 Numerical Response 



To construct this model in R, use the command:

Model = glm(PoorCare ~ StartedOnCombination + ProviderCount, data=qualityTrain, family=binomial)

If you look at the output of summary(Model), the value of the coefficient (Estimate) for StartedOnCombination is 1.95230.

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Quick Question


StartedOnCombination is a binary variable, which equals 1 if the patient is started on a combination of drugs to treat their diabetes, and equals 0 if the patient is not started on a combination of drugs. All else being equal, does this model imply that starting a patient on a combination of drugs is indicative of poor care, or good care?

Exercise 2

 Poor Care 

 Good Care 


The coefficient value is positive, meaning that positive values of the variable make the outcome of 1 more likely. This corresponds to Poor Care.

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