# In assessing the predictive power of categorical predictors of a binary outcome, should logistic regression be used?

Logistic Regression estimates the probability of binary outcome as a function of independent variables.

An example is the probability that a borrower will default as a function of his credit score,

income, loan size and his current debts. In other words, Logistic Regression is a statistical method

for analyzing dataset in which there are one or more independent variables (predictor) that determine

the outcome of a dichotomous dependent variable such as **YES** or **NO**. Dichotomous is an outcome variable

with the possibility of only **two** alternative outcomes such as TRUE or FALSE.

Binary logistic regression model is used to estimate the probability of the binary response of dependent

variable based on one or more independent or predictor variables. Logistic regression uses categorical

predictor to predict the binary dependent outcome.

**Question:**

In assessing the predictive power of categorical predictors of a binary outcome,

should **logistic regression** be used?

**Requirements:**

Another way to frame the question is:

Can logistic regression be used to predict

categorical outcome?

If yes, then how can logistic regression be used to predict

categorical outcome?

If no, why?

Start by defining Logistic regression

Define binary logistic regression.

Describe the predictive power of categorical variable on binary outcome.

Explain the usefulness of logistic regression in Big Data Analytics.

Provide examples.

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