Using the API to Create a Regression and Save Values as a JavaScript Variable

Using the API to Create a Regression and Save Values as a JavaScript Variable

This post illustrates how to run a regression model from the API, and also how to use QScript to extract data from the regression model and output this as a JavaScript variable.

Step 1: Do everything in Getting Started with the Displayr API

Once you have done this, open up the document and it should look like this:

Step 2: Obtain the Document secret

To modify a document using the API we need to know its Document secret. This is found by following these steps:

  1. Go to the document’s settings page (if in the document, click on the cog at the top right of the screen and press Document Settings)
  2. Expand out the Properties section.
  3. The document secret is located in the bottom-right corner.

Step 3: Download the file

  1. Click here to download the zip file
  2. Double-click on it to open it
  3. Save its contents somewhere on your computer or network

The zip file contains:

  • A file called regression.QScript which contains a QScript for running the regression and creating a new variable with the predicted values
  • A file called which contains a Python script for running the QScript

Step 2: Edit and run the file

  1. Open the file in a text editor
  2. On line 20, replace insert-document-secret with the document secret (as described above)
  3. Save the file
  4. Run the script using the process in Step 6 of Getting Started with the Displayr API
  5. Check out the regression model (it has been added as a new page in your document) and the variable at the top of the list under Data Sets contains the predicted values from the model.

About Tim Bock

Tim Bock is the founder of Displayr. Tim is a data scientist, who has consulted, published academic papers, and won awards, for problems/techniques as diverse as neural networks, mixture models, data fusion, market segmentation, IPO pricing, small sample research, and data visualization. He has conducted data science projects for numerous companies, including Pfizer, Coca Cola, ACNielsen, KFC, Weight Watchers, Unilever, and Nestle. He is also the founder of Q, a data science product designed for survey research, which is used by all the world’s seven largest market research consultancies. He studied econometrics, maths, and marketing, and has a University Medal and PhD from the University of New South Wales (Australia’s leading research university), where he was an adjunct member of staff for 15 years.