st: Re: Testing for differences in ratios

 From Roger Newson To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject st: Re: Testing for differences in ratios Date Mon, 22 Dec 2003 19:48:09 +0000

At 13:16 22/12/03 -0600, Craig Goodman wrote:
I was hoping someone could provide some guidance on whether there is a test in Stata for determining whether there is statistically significant difference in ratios. In my case, I am examining committee seats and the ratio of majority members to minority members and comparing that to the chamber as a whole. Any thoughts?
Usually, when comparing 2 ratios, we measure ratios between ratios, not differences between ratios. In your case, you seem to be looking for logistic regression, which in Stata is handled by the -logit- procedure. The odds in favour of being a minority member is defined as the probability of being a minority member divided by the probability of being a majority member. Logistic regression is used to derive confidence intervals for odds and their ratios. In your case, you might have a binary variable -minority-, which is 1 for minority members and 0 for majority members, and a variable -committee-, which is 1 for committee members and 0 for non-committee legislators. If you type

logit minority committee, or

then Stata will give you a confidence interval for the ratio between the odds of being minority for committee members and the odds of being minority for non-committee legislators. And if you typed

gene byte baseline=1
logit minority committee baseline, or noconst

then Stata will give you confidence intervals for the baseline odds of being a minority (assuming that you are a non-committee legislator) and also for the odds ratio as before.

I hope this helps.

Roger

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