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Re: st: Looking for courses in non-linear modelling and imputation techniques


From   "Richard J. Stoll" <stoll@rice.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Looking for courses in non-linear modelling and imputation techniques
Date   Mon, 10 Oct 2011 19:20:37 -0500

On 10/10/2011 3:08 PM, Jacobs, David wrote:
Thanks Nick.  You've provided your usual valuable suggestions.

Haven't tried cubic splines much.  When I tried them, they didn't work, but that probably was due to my failure(s) or a lack of persistence.

I typically do present plots of splines, but I haven't tried your idea about moving cut points; that may work!


Caveat ... I am a data analyst, not a statistician, econometrician, etc.

But ... you might look at an alternative approach:

Carter, David B., and Curtis S. Signorino. 2010. “Back to the Future: Modeling Time Dependence in Binary Data.” Political Analysis 18(3): 271-292.

And here is a critique and rejoinder:

Beck, Nathaniel. 2010. “Time is Not A Theoretical Variable.” Political Analysis 18(3): 293-294.

Carter, David B., and Curtis S. Signorino. 2010. “Reply to ‘Time is Not A Theoretical Variable’.” Political Analysis 18(3): 295-296.

HTH
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