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Zero-Inflated Regression:
Modeling a Distribution with a Mass at Zero
Bruce Ratner, Ph.D.
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The standard approach for modeling a continuous target variable is the ordinary least-squares (OLS) regression model. One of the assumptions of OLS regression: the target variable is mainly continuous with permissible discontinuities and minor clumping at several values, including the value zero. If the target variable’s distribution has a mass at zero, then OLS regression renders questionable results. The purpose of this article is to present the flexible (nonparametric, assumption-free, data-defined model structure) GenIQ approach for modeling a continuous target variable with a mass at zero, a situation quite common in direct and database marketing, CRM, catalogue campaign management, risk assessment, and the like. I illustrate the Zero-Inflated Regression GenIQ Model using a real case study, focusing in on sales per account. I use a scaled-down version of the original data to make the application tractable. But suffice it to say, GenIQ is most valuable in big data settings.

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