PLS Predict Negative Results

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Raja Rizal
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PLS Predict Negative Results

Post by Raja Rizal » Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:39 pm

Hi PLS experts,

I run my model using PLS Predict. I have three main variables in my study. The PLS output in the LV Prediction Summary-PLS table, RMSE and MAE columns indicate positive values for all variables. As for Q2 column, two variables are of positive values while the remaining variable is negative (i.e. -0.072).

My question, is it common for having negative value in PLS Predict? How to interpret the negative value?


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Re: PLS Predict Negative Results

Post by jmbecker » Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:33 pm

A negative result for the Q² means that your model is worse in predicting the outcome than a simple mean.
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