# st: AW: re: beta coefficients for interaction terms

 From "Martin Weiss" To Subject st: AW: re: beta coefficients for interaction terms Date Sun, 21 Jun 2009 16:23:04 +0200

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" so it is not telling you anything for which you need to estimate the
regression to find out."

So the point estimate is equal to ouput of other commands, bout how about
the CI?

*************
sysuse auto, clear

egen slength = std(length)
egen sia2 = std(ia2)

/*compare */

mean mpg
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HTH
Martin

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Gesendet: Sonntag, 21. Juni 2009 15:59
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Betreff: st: re: beta coefficients for interaction terms

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Lisa said

but it is important for my paper to show the value of the intercept,
and I get different values if I use either the standardized or the not
standardized dependent variable. If I have the null hypothesis that is
is equal to zero, do I have to use the standardized or not
standardized dependent variable? And coming back to my original
question: Why do I have to standardize the dependent variable?

and in fact if you do standardize both dep and indep vars as suggested
by an earlier post, the constant term is by definition zero. The
regression surface passes through the multivariate point of means, and
that is now (0,0,0,0,0).

When you do run the regression of *un*standardized dep var on
standardized regressors as you would now like to do, the constant term
is by construction the *un*conditional mean of the dep var:

. reg mpg shead slength sia2

Source |       SS       df       MS              Number of obs
=      74
-------------+------------------------------           F(  3,    70)
=   41.45
Model |  1563.44248     3  521.147494           Prob > F
=  0.0000
Residual |  880.016979    70  12.5716711           R-squared
=  0.6398
=  0.6244
Total |  2443.45946    73  33.4720474           Root MSE
=  3.5457

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
--
mpg |      Coef.   Std. Err.      t    P>|t|     [95% Conf.
Interval]
-------------
+----------------------------------------------------------------
shead |  -.1288064   .4934882    -0.26   0.795
-1.113038    .8554248
slength |  -4.598606   .4846015    -9.49   0.000    -5.565113
-3.632098
sia2 |   .4815198   .4260752     1.13   0.262    -.
3682604      1.3313
_cons |    21.2973   .4121741    51.67   0.000     20.47524
22.11935
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
--

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end of do-file

. su mpg

Variable |       Obs        Mean    Std. Dev.       Min        Max
-------------+--------------------------------------------------------
mpg |        74     21.2973    5.785503         12         41

so it is not telling you anything for which you need to estimate the
regression to find out.

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