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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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RE: st: RE: mlogit and IV? polychotomous logistic model and endogenous explanatory variable |

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Mon, 13 Sep 2004 19:54:31 +0100 |

I'll contine to fight this. Over and out from me, Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Marcello Pagano > Of course, here at Statalist we know, but others may > disagree. So as another > source I turned to the Merriam-Webster Second Edition, 1949, which is > probably the last prescriptive dictionary at hand, wherein I find: > > polychotomous [poly+chotomous as in dichotomous] Dividing,.... > > I know, I know, wrong side of the Atlantic and all that, ..... > (silly colonials!) but maybe it is too late to stop the purported > malformation. Plus, I prefer the sound of polychotomous. > > m.p. > > > Nick Cox wrote: > > >The OED works on descriptive, not prescriptive, principles, > >so does not even purport to judge on correctness. > > > >Nick > >n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk > > > >Marcello Pagano > > > > > > > >>If it is good enough for the Oxford English Dictionary, > >>it is good enough for me: > >> > >>Divided, or involving division, into many > >>(or more than two) parts, sections, groups, or branches: > >>= POLYTOMOUS > >><http://dictionary.oed.com.ezp2.harvard.edu/cgi/crossref?query > >>_type=word&queryword=polychotomous&edition=2e&first=1&max_to_s > >>how=10&single=1&sort_type=alpha&xrefed=OED&xrefword=polytomous>. > >>So polychotomy, division into more than two > >>parts or groups, as in classification: = POLYTOMY > >><http://dictionary.oed.com.ezp2.harvard.edu/cgi/crossref?query > >>_type=word&queryword=polychotomous&edition=2e&first=1&max_to_s > >>how=10&single=1&sort_type=alpha&xrefed=OED&xrefword=polytomy>. > >> > >>*1858* MAYNE > >><http://dictionary.oed.com.ezp2.harvard.edu/help/bib/oed2-m2.h > >>tml#mayne> > >>/Expos. Lex./, /Polychotomus/, applied to a body that is > >>divided into numerous articulations..: polychotomous. * > >>1887* /Amer. Naturalist/ Oct. 915 Polychotomy is probably never more > >>than provisional, and all classification will eventually be > >>dichotomous. > >> > >>So until we eventually reach the dichotomy where some of us > >>are right and some of us are wrong, let's allow polychotomous. > >> > >>m.p. > >> > >>Nick Cox wrote: > >> > >> > >> > >>>My only advice is marginal to your main question. > >>> > >>>The term "polychotomous", although common in the > >>>literature, is malformed and based on a misparsing > >>>of the word "dichotomous", whose elements > >>>are "dicho" and "tomous". The term "polytomous", > >>>also common in the literature, is more nearly correct. > >>> > >>>Help stamp out this linguistic monstrosity! > >>> > >>>Nick > >>>n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk > >>> > >>>N.B. this is a different kind of argument from > >>>those in favour of "heteroskedasticity" rather than > >>>"heteroscedasticity". In the latter case, there are > >>>plenty of precedents for rendering the Greek letter > >>>kappa into the English letter c, so one could be > >>>sceptical about that argument. > >>> > >>>"polychotomous" just got into the literature because someone > >>>didn't understand the etymology of "dichotomy" and other people > >>>copied that mistake. It's still wrong. > >>> > >>> > >>> > > > >* > >* For searches and help try: > >* http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html > >* http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq > >* http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ > > > > > * > * For searches and help try: > * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html > * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq > * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ > * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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