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Re: st: unhelpful error message when running xtmixed on Stata 9.2
If a model doesn't converge I always start with simpler models and add
step by step random effects, interactions, etc. This usually enables me
to find the problem. (usually its me...)
Hope this helps,
--- Ashutosh Patil <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hello Folks:
> I am running xtmixed with a 3-level design. I am looking for the
> significance of cross-level effects, and also for significance of
> and random coefficients.
> I am running this on Stata 9.2 (with all the latest updates). I read
> http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?whatsnew that this problem of "hessian
> becoming unstable and/or assymmetric" has been overcome in the latest
> Stata update.
> However, with ML (and reml), the program ends and it does provide me
> output. However, there are two warning messages in red. The first is,
> "Hessian has become unstable or asymmetric". And, the second is,
> convergence not achieved; estimates are based on iterated EM".
> What do I conclude with this. Is there any ill-conditioning of the
> Or, is this bug in Stata?
> Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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