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st: Extremely Large Pearson Dispersion of Poisson Model

From   Hisako Kobayashi <>
Subject   st: Extremely Large Pearson Dispersion of Poisson Model
Date   Tue, 28 Jul 2009 00:02:56 -0700

Dear Statalisters,

I would like to ask  for your advice. I am running a Poisson
regression with glm family(poisson)  link(log). When I use  options of
pweight  and vce (cluster) for the survey setting of sampling weight
and cluster, the output shows quite large Pearson Dispersion, almost
700, which means significant over dispersion. But when I do not use
pweights with the model, the Pearson Dispersion is only 1.25.

The model is like:   xi: glm  y  i.x1, i.x2, x3, …xk [pweight],
family(poisson)  link(log) vce (cluster)

My question is why  the model with sampling weight produces such a
large dispersion value?  Is this simply a sign of extreme over
dispersion or a problem deriving from sampling weight?  If this is
because of sampling weight, is there any way to get rid of this large

I will be grateful for your help. Thank you very much for taking time.

Best regards,


Hisako Kobayashi
Ph.D Candidate in Public Administration
School of Policy, Planning and Development
University of Southern California

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