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Re: st: xtmepoisson and xtmelogit error messages

From   Maarten buis <>
Subject   Re: st: xtmepoisson and xtmelogit error messages
Date   Mon, 4 Feb 2008 08:27:24 +0000 (GMT)

--- Margit Averdijk <> wrote:
> I am estimating a growth curve model based on unbalanced panel-data
> with 6 waves of data. The dependent variable is victimization, and
> age is the sole predictor variable. There are 17 different age
> cohorts and models are estimated for each age cohort separately.
> Some information about the data: the victimization variable counts
> the number of victimization events and is highly skewed with about
> 96-98% being zero, 1-3% being one, and less than 1% being 2 till 9.
> Every cohort contains around 1000 persons. I would like the model to
> contain a random intercept and random slope.

Controling for each seems definately necesary. Though that does depend
a bit on the range of age you are studying: if the range is 30-47, than
it might not even be necesary, if it is 16-90 than age is definately
going to have a non-linear effect. However, breaking the data up in 17
chuncks is probably too wasteful. Given the large number of zeros you
have precious little data. One possible solution is not to break up
your data but control for age using a cubic spline, as you probably
want the effect of age to remain non-linear (going from 30 to 50 will
probably have less effect than going from 50 to 70).

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Department of Social Research Methodology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

visiting address:
Buitenveldertselaan 3 (Metropolitan), room Z434

+31 20 5986715

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