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From |
Joerg Luedicke <joerg.luedicke@gmail.com> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

Subject |
Re: st: testing for bimodality in survey data |

Date |
Wed, 9 Nov 2011 17:07:52 -0500 |

I am not sure what "testing" is supposed to mean in this context, but if you want to explore the possibility of a multimodal distribution you could indeed go for a non-parametric density estimation. I recommend using Ben Jann's -kdens- (available from SSC, -findit kdens-), which is a quite powerful package and supports probability weights. I would also recommend using an adaptive kernel estimate, as this is usually the best kernel estimate when dealing with multimodal data (at least in my experience). What you could do in addition is checking whether the multimodality is due to distributional mixtures (which is often the case when you find more than one mode). For example, say you find your distribution being bimodal, you could fit a 2-component mixture model to estimate the underlying parameters of the mixed distributions via maximum likelihood (to do this you could use -fmm- which is also available from SSC; if the model does not converge make sure you provide starting values; for Gaussian mixtures you could use the modes from the kernel estimate and guess the variance). You could also check how well the (in this case) 2 distributions can be separated with using an entropy measure which you could calculate with -fmmlc-, also available from SSC. Joerg On Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 1:50 PM, Dana Shills <shills52@hotmail.com> wrote: > Hello: > I am using survey data on firms in Ghana. The survey methodology uses stratified random sampling and I have the probability weights. I want to be able to plot a distribution of firm sizes (incorporating the weights) and test for bimodality in the firm size distribution. I looked at the "adgakern" program but I don't think it allows for survey weights. Could someone please point me to what commands I should be looking at? > Thank you for your time. > Regards,Dana > * > * For searches and help try: > * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search > * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq > * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ > * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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