INTRODUCTION
Regression analysis is one of the most commonly used statistical tools (Ding,
2006; ElSalam, 2011). It has been found useful in
describing the relationship which exists between variables and forecasting the
value of a dependent variable corresponding to a given value(s) of the independent
variable(s). No doubt, the knowledge of the future values of the dependent variable
obtained through forecasting helps organizations, companies and governments
in the area of policy and decision making. As a result, this statistical method
has gained the attention of researchers and practitioners in various fields
of study. Rajarathinam and Parmar (2011) developed a
statistical model to fit the trends in area, production and productivity of
castor crop based on both parametric and nonparametric regression models and
to estimate growth rates. Consumer preferences for a soft drink have been studied
using factor analysis (Abdullah and Asngari, 2011). Igwenagu
(2011) in the study of CO_{2} emission discovered that gross domestic
product and industrial output accounted for 93% of the total variation. ElShehawy
(2008) presented computational tools in Splus based on crossvalidation
and bootstrapping for the adequate selection of the parametric models such as
nonlinear regression models (NRLModels).
Consider a simple linear regression model specified as:
The least square estimates of α and β denoted by a and b respectively are given as:
and:
This least squares method is aimed at minimizing the sum of squared errors
between the observed values of the dependent variable and the values that would
be fitted under the assumed relationship (Nwabuokei, 1986).
Least squares estimation of parameters of the model in Eq. 1
is usually based on certain assumptions. The errors are assumed to be from a
single population with zero mean and constant variance (Steel
and Torrie, 1981). Olaomi and Ifederu (2008) also
pointed out there is lack of autocorrelation of error terms and the zero covariance
between the explanatory variable and error terms.
In many situations, analysts add constants to one or more of the variables
in the simple linear regression model. Spiegel et al.
(2000) dealt with a case where different constants are added to variables
to yield the original variables which are to be used in the simple linear regression
model. They also obtained the estimates of the parameters. This addition of
constants is geared towards making the regression analysis easy to handle (Obioma,
2005).
Despite the effort made to reduce computational difficulty associated with regression analysis of data by addition of constants, the true relationships between the parameter estimates of the original regression and those of the models involving the transformed variables have not been established. This research focuses on the effect of adding constants to at least one of the variables on the estimates of the model parameters with a view to making accurate prediction using the fitted model.
ESTIMATION OF THE PARAMETERS OF THE REGRESSION MODEL WHEN A CONSTANT IS ADDED TO THE INDEPENDENT VARIABLE
Consider G = X+C, where C is a constant. Then, Let
a_{1} and b_{1} be the associated parameter estimates. Using
Eq. 2:
Using Eq. 3:
ESTIMATES OF THE MODEL PARAMETERS WHEN A CONSTANT IS ADDED TO THE DEPENDENT VARIABLE
Suppose d is a constant and we wish to regress H = Y+d on X. Then
Using Eq. 3:
ESTIMATES OF THE PARAMETERS OF THE MODEL WHEN DIFFERENT CONSTANTS ARE ADDED TO THE DEPENDENT VARIABLE AND INDEPENDENT VARIABLE
Let I = X+e. Then:
Again, If:
Using Eq. 2:
Using Eq. 3:
ESTIMATES OF THE PARAMETERS OF THE MODEL WHEN THE SAME CONSTANT IS ADDED TO THE DEPENDENT AND INDEPENDENT VARIABLES
Given that l is a constant such that M = X+l then:
Again, If:
The estimate of the slope of the regression line is given by:
The corresponding estimate of the intercept is obtained from Eq. 3 as:
Table 1: 
Regression analysis of the transformed dependent variables
on their associated independent variables 


Fig. 1: 
The scatter diagram for determing the nature of the relationship
between X and Y 
NUMERICAL ILLUSTRATION
The relationships between the parameter estimates are verified in this section
using the data on the age of woman (X) and blood pressure (Y) as given by Spiegel
et al. (2000).
To determine nature of the relationship between X and Y, the scatter diagram in Fig. 1 is required.
In Fig. 1, it appears that there is a linear relationship between blood pressure and age of woman. Summary of regression analysis of the various functions of the dependent variable on their corresponding independent variables is given in Table 1.
As we can see from Table 1, the addition of constants to
one or both variables involved in regression does not affect the estimate of
the slope (β) of the regression line. Moreover, the estimate of the intercept
(α) of the regression line involving the transformed values of X and Y
is a function of the added constants. These are all in line with results obtained
in Eq. 5, 7, 9 and 11.
CONCLUSION
In this study, the influence of transforming variables involved in a simple linear regression model by addition of constants is examined. It has been shown that whether constants are added to one or both variables, the estimate of the slope is not affected. Meanwhile, the estimate of the intercept depends on what constants that have been added. Since the estimated regression equation is a function of the estimates of the slope and intercept, the predictive ability of a regression model is therefore affected by constant addition.