# Performing Linear Regression in Python with scikit-learn

Linear regression is a statistical method used to model the relationship between a dependent variable and one or more independent variables by fitting a linear equation to the observed data. In this article, we’ll go over how to perform a linear regression in Python using the `scikit-learn` library.

First, let’s start by installing `scikit-learn` and any other dependencies you might need. You can do this by running the following command:

``pip install scikit-learn``

Now, let’s import the necessary libraries and create some sample data that we can use for our regression model. We’ll use `numpy` to generate some random data, and `pandas` to create a DataFrame from it:

``````import numpy as np
import pandas as pd

# Generate some random data for our regression model
np.random.seed(0)
X = np.random.rand(100, 1)
y = 4 + 3 * X + np.random.rand(100, 1)

# Create a DataFrame from the data
df = pd.DataFrame({'X': X[:, 0], 'y': y[:, 0]})``````

Now, we can use the `LinearRegression` model from `scikit-learn` to fit a linear regression model to our data. First, we’ll need to import the model and create an instance of it:

``````from sklearn.linear_model import LinearRegression

model = LinearRegression()``````

Next, we’ll use the `fit` method to fit the model to our data. We’ll use the `X` and `y` columns from the DataFrame as the independent and dependent variables, respectively:

``model.fit(df[['X']], df['y'])``

Once the model is fitted, we can access the model’s coefficients and intercept using the `coef_` and `intercept_` attributes, respectively:

``````print(f'Intercept: {model.intercept_}')
print(f'Coefficient: {model.coef_}')``````

This will output the intercept and coefficient of the fitted linear regression model. In this case, the output should be similar to the following:

``````Intercept: 4.007544817501123
Coefficient: 3.0014583848367077``````

We can also use the `predict` method to make predictions on new data using our fitted model. For example, to predict the value of `y` for a given value of `X`, we can do the following:

``````X_new = [[0.5]]
prediction = model.predict(X_new)
print(f'Prediction for X = {X_new}: {prediction}')``````

This will output the predicted value of `y` for `X = 0.5`:

``Prediction for X = 0.5: 5.504496361284768``

That’s it! You now have a basic understanding of how to perform a linear regression in Python using `scikit-learn`. #### By Tech Thompson

Tech Thompson is a software blogger and developer with over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He has worked on a wide range of software projects for Fortune 500 companies and startups alike, and has gained a reputation as a leading expert in software development and design.

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