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Re: st: Location of the knots when estimating a spline model

From   Roger Newson <>
Subject   Re: st: Location of the knots when estimating a spline model
Date   Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:05:15 +0100

At 11:08 20/08/03 +0530, Jayesh Kumar wrote (in reply to Weijang):
You may try "bspline".


-Jayesh Kumar

:Does anyone know how to determine where the knots are when estimating a
:spline model?  Is there any ado file that will find the location of the
-bspline- is downloadable from SSC (type -ssc desc bspline- to find out more). However, -bspline- only allows the user to choose the knots. It does not choose the knots for the user.

There is no unique "best" way of choosing the knots. Different choices are different for different applications. For instance, if the spline is a function of time, then it is often best to make the knots spaced at particular dates of each year, especially dates where a sudden change is expected.

Best wishes


Roger Newson
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