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Re: st: RE: Rituals [was: Terminology for supposedly all-purpose summaries]

From   Richard Williams <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: Rituals [was: Terminology for supposedly all-purpose summaries]
Date   Mon, 11 Oct 2004 10:09:03 -0500

At 10:37 AM 10/11/2004 -0400, Stas Kolenikov wrote:
Also, I've seen people deriving F-statistics for testing an increase
in R2 as you add variables to the model. So it is the R2 that is the
"first principle" for them. The distinction between "measures" and
If by that you mean researchers are primarily interested in the R^2, I wouldn't agree (at least not always). If I have X1, X2, and X3 in the (constrained) model, and I then add X4, X5, and X6 to the (unconstrained) model, I'm likely interested in testing the hypothesis

H0: B4 = B5 = B6 = 0
HA: At least one of the above betas does not equal 0.

If the null is rejected, one consequence will be that R^2 will be significantly larger in the unconstrained model. I may use a formula that uses the R^2s in the calculations of the F statistic, but that does not mean I am focused on R^2 or have any interest in it other than as a piece of information needed to compute what I really want. I could use equivalent formulas using, say, the error sums of squares that give the same results. In other words, I would say that I am primarily interested in whether any of the added variables have nonzero effects, and the change in R^2 is simply a byproduct that I may or may not choose to focus on. I discuss this on pp. 6-7 of

What I'm describing is (what I call anyway) an incremental F test. In Stata, you could get an equivalent result by using the -test- command, which does a Wald test.

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