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Re: st: RE: RE: RE: RE: Re: Compositional data

From   Maarten buis <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: RE: RE: RE: Re: Compositional data
Date   Wed, 5 Mar 2008 21:57:12 +0000 (GMT)

--- "Verkuilen, Jay" <> wrote:
> As an aside, why did you guys kick out simplex corner observations in
> the Dirichlet model? These are perfectly valid observations, indeed
> quite possibly very informative ones since they say "I spent all my
> budget on X". A boundary point is a pain because the likelihood is
> undefined there, but the procedure described in one of Tim Fry's
> articles (Fry, et al, Modelling Zeroes in Microdata, Applied
> Economics, 2000, 33, 383-392) avoids the problem and preserves 
> subcompositional invariance. 

For historical reasons only: I starting writing this program as a
generalization of -betafit-, because I thought it was rather cool. For
both -betafit- and -dirifit- the boundary cases are excluded because
the likelihood is undefined, as you already mentioned. In my own
research I don't use compositional data. As a consequence I don't
expand it with new insights as other programs that I actually use. As I
mentioned earlier this weeks, it is ready for a good cleanup, but it
will have to wait. 

-- Maarten

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

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