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st: Ordered Probit with GLLAMM

From   Jean-François Houde <>
Subject   st: Ordered Probit with GLLAMM
Date   Wed, 4 May 2005 22:58:18 -0400

I'm trying to use GLLAMM to estimate an ordered probit model on a database with
two levels (i.e. survey of 16 activities in 196 firms). The linear component with (3)
random effects is as follow:
y_ij=X_ijB + W_ij \theta_i + \epsilon_ij,
where \epsilon is a standard normal variable, and \theta_i is a 3X1 vector distributed
normally accross firms (indexed by i), with mean 0 and covariance matrix \Sigma (I
want to estimate the correlation betwen the \theta's).
I tried to estimate this model using the following command:
eq: var1=w1;
eq: var2=w2;
eq: var3=w3;
gllamm y X, link(oprobit) fam(gaussian) eqs(var1 var2 var3) nrf(3) adapt;
However the program failled to complete the first iteration and reported the following error message:

could not calculate numerical derivatives
flat or discontinuous region encountered
(error occurred in ML computation)
(use trace option and check correctness of initial model)

I tried to run the same model using the binomial probit link (i.e. collapsing the ordered choice in two choices), and it worked perfectly. I have also noticed in the GLLAMM manual that the ordered response examples are always estimated
with the binomial family (i.e. distribution assumption for the random effects). I tried to use the binomial family instead, but it
wouldn't let me estimate three correlated random effects. Also, I tried the example from the GLLAMM manual with the gaussian family instead of the binomial family, and stata reported the same error message (which indicates that my data-set is not the source of the problem).
Does anybody have any idea how to estimate this model in GLLAMM ?
Thank you very much in advance,

PS: This is the second time I'm sending the same message, because the previous one didn't have a subject... sorry for that.

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