How to calculate a formula from multiple variables in Excel
Overview
Here are my notes on how to create a multivariate Linear Regression formula using Microsoft Excel.
### Obtain Sample Data
To work through how a homegoods manufacturer can predict expected profits from a catalog launch, students build a linear regression model to provide results and a recommendation.

Download the sample data file diamonds.csv which has 50,000 rows.
The training set contains historical data where the outcome is already known and included as a column along with the input data.
Outcome values are in the target variable (price).
NOTE: A column in a spreadsheet some call a “data field”.

The test dataset (newdiamonds.csv) contains new instances that do not have outcomes (prices) defined.
Install Excel
This tutorial assumes that you have Microsoft Excel installed.
Open in Excel
During the installation processes on Windows or MacOS, the operating system is told that suffixes at the end of file names, such as “.csv” and “.xlsx” are opened using Excel.

In Finder or doubleclick on the diamonds.csv file to open it in Excel.
Activate Analysis Toolpak

In Excel, click on the Data tab.
If Data Analysis does not appear on the far right, the Analysis Toolpak needs to be installed:
On Excel 2016, click the Tools menu at the top of the screen to select Excel Addins. Check Analysis ToolPak, then OK.
On Excel 2013, click the File menu at the top of the screen to select Properties. Check Analysis ToolPak, then OK.
The above only needs to be done once.
Data preparation
Contiguous X columns
Excel needs all variables together, so:
 Select the letter above the “caret” column to select the whole column.
 Press Ctrl+X to cut. Click on the column heading to the right of the “price” column.

Repeat for the “clarity_ord” and “cut_ord” columns.
Generate
 In Excel Data tab, Click on Data Analysis.
 If you don’t see “Data Analysis”, enable Analysis Toolpack. This only needs to be done once.

Select Regression and OK.
Conditions of attributes are in the predictor variables, also called dependent variables or (in Excel), Y Range.
 Click the red arrow icon for Y Range.
 Check “Labels”

Click in row 1 “price”. Press Commandshiftdown to select the whole column
$H$1:$H$50001
 Click the icon to collapse the popup.

Press Enter.
$I$1:$K$50001
 Click the icon to Output range.
 Cick cell N1, which leaves two blank columns.

Press Enter to accept it.

Click OK.

Variables with Pvalues (Predictionvalues) beyond .15 should not be used.
Regression equation models enable predictions to be made based on attibute values.
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 Click on the blank cell to the left of “intercept”, type = and click the Coefficient value of intercept.
 Two columns to the left of “clarity_ord”, type the input data you want an estimate for.
 Repeat this for each input.
 Click on the blank cell to the left of “intercept”, type = and click the Coefficient value of intercept.

Add a =sum() of all cells above it.

TODO: COMPLETE THIS
R Square is the percent of variance in Y that can be explained by all the X variables. 1.0 is perfect. 0.75 is the threshold for not.
Standard Error is the error of prediction expressed in the value range of Y.
Resources
To create a multivariate regression in Excel:
This video is from the Udacity class,
about a different data set
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7TMCYuDbDc
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgfHefwK7VQ