**Figure 12:** A two dimensional contour plot of with a quadratic local model

All of the examples so far have been on one dimensional data sets, but all
of the methods presented so far generalize easily to multivariate inputs and
outputs. We can see the fits of two dimensional data with contour plots.
*a2.mbl* is a data file containing 100 data points with two input
dimensions and one output dimension. The data was generated with the
following equation:

File -> Open -> a2.mbl Edit -> Metacode -> Localness 4: Very local Regression Q: Quadratic Model -> Graph -> Dimensions 2 Graph

The graph is shown in fig. 12. The contours show the approximated function and have the expected shape of smooth peaks mixed between smooth valleys. The data points are also shown. It is no longer possible, however, to evaluate how well the function is approximated visually. The distribution of the data points in input space can be seen, but the height, or output value, of each data point is not represented in the plot.

Fri Feb 7 18:00:08 EST 1997