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# Re: st: Applying specific aweight to each explanatory variable

 From Steven Samuels To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Applying specific aweight to each explanatory variable Date Sun, 13 Nov 2011 14:59:31 -0500

```It turns out that -eivreg- requires a constant measure of reliability per predictor, so shrinkage looks like the only practical, approach if reliability varies between observations.

Austin,

If the poster is worried about measurement error in the predictors, then -eivreg-  is a direct approach.  But Alice Whittemore showed long ago that the shrinkage estimator you suggested was a good general solution.

Whittemore, A. S. (1989). Errors-in-variables regression using Stein estimates. American Statistician, 226-228.

Steve

On Nov 12, 2011, at 11:09 PM, Austin Nichols wrote:

Steve--
http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2011-11/msg00551.html

On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 9:04 PM, Steven Samuels <sjsamuels@gmail.com> wrote:

Your request does not make sense.  Analytic weights are proportional to the the residual variance of the dependent variable for each observation. Their use minimizes the standard errors of the regression coefficients.  Please look at any regression text.

Steve
On Nov 12, 2011, at 10:01 AM, <N.M.Postel-Vinay@lse.ac.uk> <N.M.Postel-Vinay@lse.ac.uk> wrote:

Hi All,

I'm running simple cross-sectional regressions. I would like to know whether it is possible to make Stata apply a different aweight to each separate explanatory variable.

Usually at the end of the regression I can just write [aweight = exp], but this would apply the same aweight to each explanatory variable. I would like to know whether it's possible to specify a different exp as an aweight for each different explanatory variable, and whether that would make any sense or not. My explanatory variables are financial ratios, so I would need a different weight for each different denominator.

Many thanks,

Natacha

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