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# Re: st: linear, quadratic terms and centering

 From "Michael N. Mitchell" To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: linear, quadratic terms and centering Date Sat, 21 Aug 2010 01:43:12 -0700

```Dear Fabio

You were correct when you wrote...

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Or do I first center the linear term and calculate the square term on the basis of the "centered" linear term ?
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Or, in Stata, you can do this (say you want to center -x- around 100)...

generate xcentered = x - 100
regress y c.xccentered##c.xccentered

That -regress- command will include -xcentered- as well as the squared term.

Hope this helps,

Michael N. Mitchell
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On 2010-08-21 12.40 AM, Fabio Zona wrote:
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```Dear Statalist,

a very simple question: I have

y = c + x0 + x1 + x1square

In order to center x1 and x1square, do I first need to calculate the square term and afterwards to center both the linear and the quadratic term around their respective means?
Or do I first center the linear term and calculate the square term on the basis of the "centered" linear term ?

I guess that the first alternative works.

Thanks

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