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Re: st: gllamm with pweights

From   Stas Kolenikov <>
Subject   Re: st: gllamm with pweights
Date   Sat, 18 Jul 2009 12:53:34 -0500

Can you contact the data provider to get the probability weights for
the higher level units? Most weight scaling procedures look to me like
at attempt to guess the color of somebody's dress on a black-and-white

Also, I understand that this is interesting substantively, but I feel
uneasy specifying the random effects at the level higher than the PSU
level. I've seen that done though if those higher levels correspond to
strata (although typically strata are understood as fixed rather than
random effects). You said the design is stratified; where was
stratification applied? My guess would be that your strata are the
state by urban/rural cells, which are your urstate factors. It looks
to me that at least nominally the model for the design would be to
have the higher level random effects correspond to these strata. But
in your application, as Steve S noted, they look kinda weird, and
states may indeed be conceptually better units to think of. As I said,
you would probably want to use -geq(rural)- or something like that to
get the main effect of the urban/rural location.

On Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 11:38 AM, Kanter, Rebecca<> wrote:
> Hi Steve and list,
> The original survey design is a multi-stage stratified design. The PSU is essentially the equivalent of a U.S. census tract (the probability that one of these tracts was selected was proportional to the number of households within it and the number of tracts selected corresponded to the sample size in the strata within the state) ...from which households are selected (with probability proportional to size). For each census tract selected six "blocks" are selected with probability proportional to the number of houses in each block; within each chosen block 6 households are selected via systematic random sampling and then individuals within the household via simple random sampling.

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