What term is the reducible error and what is the irreducible error?

My textbook is talking about prediction intervals and confidence intervals. I understand the intuition behind it, how we do not include the irreducible error in confidence intervals because we assume the error is normally distributed. However, how do you find this value? Say I did multiple linear regression on my data. To get the confidence interval I would use the Standard Error term right. So for prediction intervals what other error term is used? My textbook did a horrible job of explaining this. Thank you for any help!

EDIT: Is it the MSE our estimate for the irreducible error? (mean squared error)

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Can someone give me an example of questions answered by normal distribution?

Binomial distribution answers questions like, “For 60 coin tosses, what’s the probability of x heads?”

While poisson distribution answers questions like “If my mean measurements are lambda during a fixed time interval, then what’s the probability of next measurement being x in the upcoming interval?”

What questions would be answered in a similar manner by normal distribution? Thanks!

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When interested in only the interaction within a regression model, do I need to include the main effects?

I’m only interested in the interaction between 2 variables within a linear regression model. Is it necessary to include the non-interaction terms when building the model?

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Is it possible to buy a new car in Canada and import it to the U.S.?

I really love the new Mercedes A-Class. For those who aren’t familiar with it, when it releases it will be the most affordable semi-autonomous vehicle available. The problem is that Mercedes is not releasing the hatch in the U.S. market. I live in NY and have wondered if it’s possible for me to simply buy the new Benz in Canada and import it myself. Anyone have any experience or know if this is possible? I’m expecting the answer to be no, but just figured I’d ask.

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Can I use a two sample independent t-test here?

Hi every one, I’ve applied an two samples independent t -test on my data, but I’m not sure if what I did is statiscally correct.


The data consists out of 40,000 customer transactions over a period of 7 months. It contains the variables:

  • Product the customer bought (A or B)
  • Date (Day and month)
  • Unique customer ID
  • Money spend

Now I wanted/need to know if there is a difference if product B is bought more in the weekend (Saturday – Sunday) compared to a weekday (Monday – Friday). What I did is as follows:

  • Calculated the total number of date days (213 days)
  • Caculated the total number of transactions per date and what percentage of those consisted out of product B (called this the chance on product B)
  • Created a dummy variable (1 for weekend day, 0 for a normal weekday)

Now I applied a Welch T-test with as indepedent variable the dummy for weekend/weekday and depedent the chance on product B being bought.

Outcome was siginificant at any level of alpha, therefore means are different for weekend. (Weekday 30% chance on average of product B being bougt, in the weekend 36%). I’m hesitating because somehow the raw data consists only out of categorical variables and I turned one into a continuous.

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Are late 70s-80s American cars a good choice for affordable classics?

These cars can still be had for dirt cheap. You can buy something like a decent condition 80s Lincoln Town Car or late 70s Oldsmobile 98 or Buick Regal for 5k or less on sites such as craigslist. Some more downmarket cars like the Dodge Diplomat or Ford LTD Crown Victoria can be bought for about 2k. Their prices haven’t changed much since the beginning of the decade either, although I see more overpriced cars and less rustbuckets than there were back then. When affordable classics in that price range are discussed or written about, these cars rarely come into the conversation and some even say there isn’t anything to be found for a decent condition classic in that price range. Personally, I like the look of these cars, so I would consider buying one. A classic American luxury car that has been maintained well for all its life for the price of a basketcase E30 318is sounds like a really good deal to me.

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