Interview Question: OLS in Excel

Sample Question #49 (general computing – Excel)

There are at least two ways in Excel to perform an OLS regression. What are they? What are some of the limitations of doing OLS in Excel (as opposed to using a real statistical package like EViews, Stata, R, S-Plus, or SAS)?

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One Response to Interview Question: OLS in Excel

  1. Brett says:

    1) Use the LINEST() function
    2) Use the Data Analysis add-in
    Limitations: only OLS; dataset cannot be too big (improved in Excel 2007); not much statistics for inference testing 

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