# Re: st: lnskew question

 From Roger Newson To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: lnskew question Date Mon, 09 Dec 2002 14:02:06 +0000

```At 13:23 09/12/02 +0000, I wrote:
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A
The inverse function of

y=ln(exp(x)-k)

is

x=ln(exp(y)+k)

and you can use this to back-transform the confidence interval for the arithmetic mean of y to get a confidence interval for the "lnskewometric mean" of x. (This exercise might be easier if you use my -parmest- package, downloadable from SSC, which saves the output from a model fit as a data set with 1 observartion per parameter and data on estimates, confidence limits and P-values. Type -ssc describe parmest- to find out more.)
Sorry, that was a mistake. (Thanks to Nick Cox for pointing this out to me.) I was misreading -[R] lnskew- and assuming that -exp- meant "exponentiation". In fact it means "expression". The inverse function of

y=ln(expression(x)-k)

is

x=inverse_expression(exp(y)+k)

where expression(x) is an expression in x and inverse_expression(z) is its inverse. Therefore, the "lnskewometric mean" is defined as

lnskewometric_mean(x)=inverse_expression(exp(arithmetic_mean(y))+k)

where y is defined using the first expression, and arithmetic_mean(y) is the arithmetic mean of y. In the special case where expression(x) is the exponentiation function exp(x), my previous definition was valid.

However, the fact remains that the "lnskewometric mean" in general may be a good proxy for the median, but it is not easy to derive CIs for the differences and/or ratios between "lnskewometric means". On the other hand, it is fairly straightforward to derive CIs for arithmetic, geometric and algebraic means and their differences and ratios.

I hope this helps.

Roger

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