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Re: st: Testing interaction terms when using factor variables

From   Jeffrey Pitblado <>
Subject   Re: st: Testing interaction terms when using factor variables
Date   Thu, 27 Oct 2011 16:15:42 -0500

Richard Williams is using -test- with factor variables notation and would like
to simplify the specification:

I am looking for a shorthand notation when testing multiple interaction terms at

use "";, clear

quietly logit tenure i.female year c.year#c.year select articles prestige
i.female#(c.year c.year#c.year c.articles c.prestige)

test 1.female#c.year 1.female#c.year#c.year
1.female#c.articles 1.female#c.prestige

test 1.female#(c.year c.year#c.year c.articles c.prestige)

The first test command, where I spell out each interaction separately, works
fine. But, with the second test command, I get

invalid varname

You would think there would be some sort of shorthand way of doing this, but if
so I can't figure out what it is.

In Stata 12, Richard can use the new -contrast- command:

    . contrast female#(c.year##c.year c.articles c.prestige), overall

The -overall- option specifies that -contrast- combine the tests of the
individually specified terms into an additional "Overall" test at the end of the
Wald table.

Otherwise, Richard can use -testparm- instead of -test-.

    . testparm 1.female#(c.year c.year#c.year c.articles c.prestige)


--Jeff Pitblado
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