The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Regression Models for Categorical Outcomes: Specification, Estimation, and Interpretation

Registration Information: 

For more information, registration and fees, please visit the ICPSR website. Fee for this course is $1600.

This workshop deals with the most important regression models for binary, ordinal, nominal, and count outcomes. While advances in software make it simple to estimate these models, the effective interpretation of these nonlinear models is a vexingly difficult art that requires time, practice, and a firm grounding in the goals of your analysis and the characteristics of your model. The workshop begins by discussing the general objectives for interpreting results from any regression model and considers why these objectives are more difficult in nonlinear models. Concepts of estimation, testing, and identification are introduced in a quick review of the linear regression model. These ideas are used to develop the binary logit and probit models. Advanced methods of interpretation are introduced using Stata's margins command, with detailed examples on how to compute and interpret average marginal effects, the distribution of effects, and related methods. Concepts from the binary model are used to develop the multinomial logit model for nominal outcomes, followed by the development of several models for ordinal outcomes. Finally, the workshop will cover models for count data, including Poisson regression, negative binomial regression, and zero modified models.

This workshop is offered in collaboration with the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, May 26, 2017 - 5:00pm
UMass Amherst

J. Scott Long, Ph.D.
Indiana University