# Re: st: Standard normal Depvar

 From Evans Jadotte To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Standard normal Depvar Date Thu, 06 Aug 2009 18:26:43 +0200

```Nick Cox wrote:
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Exponentiation will get you all positives. After that many options are open.
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```Nick Cox wrote:
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```This produces zero or positive values.

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Less pedantically, if the variable is already standard normal, why does it need transforming?
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Nick

Maarten buis wrote:

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```--- On Wed, 5/8/09, Evans Jadotte wrote:
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```I am trying to run a regression where the dependent
variable has a standard normal distribution (those of you
familiar with the "wealth index based on the PCA analysis",
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this is my Depvar). However, I need to have the prediction to be all positive to use for transforming.
```How can I transform  the Depvar in order  to
force  xb^ to take on positive values?
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Here is one option:

reg y x1 x2
predict yhat
sum yhat, meanonly
gen yhatprime = yhat + abs(r(min))
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```Thanks to Maarten and Nick for their insight and comment on my question.

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I have both negative values and zeros in the /depvar /(/y/)/, /so/ /the forecast, xb, will reflect such values. And as I will need sqrt(xb) for further transformation at later stages, I need to transform /y/ so that xb takes on all 'strictly' positive values and still preserve normality of /y/. Maarten's suggestion indeed generates a 0 and the transformation I need is in y (not yhat = xb). I have been trying a Box-Cox power transform but results are not satisfactory.
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Thanks Nick. However, exponentiation will result in a re-ranking of individuals, which I must avoid. For instance, someone with a score -5 compared with one whose score is 4, the former will end up being ranked higher than the latter after exponentiating. I need to preserve the ranks and normality after transforming.
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Thanks for the feedback,

Evans
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