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I came through this equation and would like to learn more about how to inteprete it. d is defined as actual value, and $\hat{d}$ is defined as predicted value.

Why does this equation (a) divides sum of least square error to the sum of $d_{i,j}^2$ ? (b) takes square root of (a) ?

May I know what's the name of this equation, that I can read further...

$$ \sqrt{\frac{\sum_{i,j} (d_{i,j} - \hat{d}_{i,j})^2}{\sum_{i,j} d_{i,j}^2}} $$

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"I came through this equation..." - where? Surely there would be some sort of explanation in the book/paper where you saw it, or a pointer to where this is explained. –  J. M. Aug 14 '12 at 10:00
    
Hi, it's from Section 4 of this paper user.informatik.uni-goettingen.de/~ychen/NC/… –  twfx Aug 14 '12 at 10:56

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a) it is a normalization factor. Assume that you have perfect prediction. Then you will get $0$. Say your predictor is restricted to a closed interval $[0,1]$ and your estimates are all zeros and actual values are all ones. Then you will get $1$. b)square root is to make it as a distance in $N$ dimensional Euclidean space, such as $z=\sqrt{(x_1-y_1)^2+(x_2-y_2)^2+...}$

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