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Re: st: Maximum iterations exceeded with predictnl
Thanks very much for your help. The mlogpred command works quite
nicely. Is there a similar command which follows logit? I am assuming
that predictnl works after logit, although I can imagine running into
similar iteration problems.
Thanks very much for all of your help.
On Tue, 21 Sep 2004 10:05:35 -0500, Roberto G. Gutierrez, StataCorp
> Matthew Polisson <email@example.com> asks:
> > I am conducting a multinomial logit with the following command line:
> >> mlogit y x1 x2 etc
> > The dependent variable y takes on four values (1, 2, 3, and 4). Following
> > the regression, I calculate predicted probabilites for each of the four
> > outcomes using the command line:
> >> predict p1 p2 p3 p4, pr
> > I wish to establish confidence intervals, and the way I know to do this is
> > to enter four separate commands as follows:
> > predictnl p1 = predict(outcome(1)), ci(p1_l p1_u)
> > predictnl p2 = predict(outcome(2)), ci(p2_l p2_u)
> > predictnl p3 = predict(outcome(3)), ci(p3_l p3_u)
> > predictnl p4 = predict(outcome(4)), ci(p4_l p4_u)
> > This works about half of the time, but the other half of the time I receive
> > an error message reading:
> > 'Maximum number of interations exceed.'
> > [...]
> In cases where you get the error message, -predictnl- is having a hard time
> finding an optimal step size with which to calculate the numerical derivative
> of the prediction wrt the estimated parameters. This derivative is necessary
> to get delta-method standard errors, confidence intervals, etc.
> A nonconvergence of the step-size search can be caused by many things, but one
> of the first things I always check are the scales of the dependent variables
> used in the model. If one or more are very large or very small, then
> rescaling the variables will usually do the trick.
> Matthew can either try this technique or, since he is using -mlogit-, download
> Bill Sribney's -mlogpred- command that gets delta-method standard errors and
> CIs for predictions after -mlogit-. Since -mlogpred- is hard-wired to
> -mlogit-, it uses analytical derivatives and thus won't suffer from any
> convergence problems. You can obtain -mlogpred- by typing
> . findit mlogpred
> and following the links.
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> * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq
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