I am trying to understand the fundamentals of Regression. I did a lot of reading, still things are not clear to me due to ambiguity in use of terms at every other material that I read.

The following is a quote obtained from wikipedia (Regression analysis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

'In linear regression, the model specification is that the dependent variable,yiis a linear combination of theparameters(but need not be linear in theindependent variables)"

Could anyone elaborate with a real example what constitutes?"parameter", "dependent variable", "independent variable"