Hi,
My question may sound trivial but here it goes:
When doing a sample regression by the ordinary least squares method, does the sum (nonsquared! ) of the residuals have to be equal to zero??
Here's what I know. If we have numerous "y observations" per x, one important assumption is that the residuals conditional on a given X follow an identical distribution usually with mean 0 (which also suggests that the sum of the residuals is 0)
i.e
Σ e_ij= 0 where j is the iterating term and where
e_ij = (Yj - Y(estimated)) for a given X_i
However when we do a sample regression we usually have one Y observation per X. With the ordinary least squares method we try to :
min Σ (e_i)^2
Does this however mean that the sum of the residuals will be equal to 0?
i.e
Σ e_i = 0 ??
Thanks
Ah that's great thank you
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