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What is definition of least squares?

A statistical method for finding a line or curve
(i.e., the 'best fit') that represents a
relationship between two measured quantities
(e.g., height and age of a stand of trees). The
measurements are plotted as points on a graph. If
they fall near the same line, the least squares
method is used to find the minimum of the sum of
the squares of the vertical distances of each data
point from the proposed line.

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