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Re: st: RE: RE: out-of-sample predictions with GLM

Subject   Re: st: RE: RE: out-of-sample predictions with GLM
Date   Thu, 26 Jul 2007 16:09:19 +0200


Many thanks for the follow-up. I do have a situation where the proportions should add up to one, as in the city budget example.

In my case, my unit of observation is the share of a new car model as a percent of the total market for new cars in a given year. I have this share over several years. Because there are hundreds of car models in my data, I don't think it would be feasible to use a multinomial logit. None of my observation are zero or one. The x's are mostly car attributes for the particular car models, many of which change over time.

I pool all the data and estimate with:
glm share_i_year_t x_i_t, fam(binomial) link(logit) robust

Company dummies are included as fixed effects. The predicted shares from the model sum to 1 for a given year, which is gratifying. Out-of-sample predictions do not sum to one, which is not gratifying but also not unexpected. Maarten's comment makes me wonder if there is a better approach.

Any further insights would be welcome.

-------- Original-Nachricht --------
Datum: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 15:17:43 +0200
Von: "Maarten Buis" <>
Betreff: st: RE: RE: out-of-sample predictions with GLM

> ---I wrote:
> > A situation where you want proportions to add up to 1
> > within an observation occurs when you have for each
> > observation multiple proportions, e.g. for each city
> > you have the proportions of the city budget spent on
> > safety, education, transport, etc. In this case the
> > proportions within a city should add up to 1. A model
> > that deals with this situation is -dirifit-,see:
> > 
> A couple of months ago I posted a fractional multinomial 
> logit -fmlogit- on the statalist 
> -fmlogit- relates to -dirifit- like fractional logit relates 
> to beta regression. 
> Can you tell us a bit more about your problem? What are
> the dependent and independent variables? Do you have many 
> observations with a proportion equal to 0 or 1. Papke and 
> Wooldridge are overly optimistic about the ability of
> dealing with those problems using the fractional 
> (binomial or multinomial) logit model.
> Hope this helps,
> Maarten
> -----------------------------------------
> Maarten L. Buis
> Department of Social Research Methodology 
> Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 
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> The Netherlands
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