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RE: st: Quantile regression

From   Vasan Kandaswamy <>
To   "" <>
Subject   RE: st: Quantile regression
Date   Sat, 22 Sep 2012 08:05:50 +0000

Dear David, 
Thank you very much. I sincerely apologize for not having made my question clear. 

The scientific question that I would like to address are:
1. How much fold increase in outcome variable ( glucose) is observed from Quartile 1 to Quartile 4 of predictor variable (BMI) and want to see if this difference across quartiles is significant. 
2. How much is the unit change observed in outcome variable.
3. With various predictors ( BMI, waist, body fat, weight etc) , I want to see which one best predicts the outcome variable
4. All analysis I would like to see seperately for men and women

To address these : I went about this way 
1. derived mean/median of outcome variable in each quartile 
2. To compare the mean of glucose across quartiles of BMI for males ( not compare male mean and female mean in each quartile)- I intend to do an one way ANOVA ( but was suggested a two way)
3. To observe the unit change across quartiles, I wanted to do a regression model using qreg.
4. Finally, I am not sure as to how to go about with finding out which is the best predictor of the outcome. ( If I am not mistaken, I do not think I can do a standardized beta in qreg).

The script I used are 
xtile bmi_q = bmi, nquantiles(4)
bysort bmi_q sex:sum glucose, detail
bysort sex: anova glucose_log bmi_q
bysort sex: qreg bmi glucose age

I hope I have made it more understandable now.
Would be really very useful if I have your suggestions on these. 

Best regards, 

From: [] on behalf of David Hoaglin []
Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2012 4:43 AM
Subject: Re: st: Quantile regression

Dear Vasan,

I'm puzzled.  From the way in which you described your analysis in
your first message, I don't understand why you would use quantile
regression.  As I recall, you wanted to compare the means of some
variables across quartiles of BMI for males and females.  In that
description, it was not clear to me whether you wanted to compare the
mean of a variable in data from males among the quartiles of BMI and
similarly in data from females, or whether you wanted to compare the
female mean and the male mean within each quartile of BMI, or whether
you wanted to make both of these types of comparisons.  I did not see
any mention of the numbers of observations or the source of the data
or, importantly, the scientific question that you are addressing.

As I read the command below, you are asking -qreg- the fit a
regression model to the median of BMI with predictors fast_glucose,
etc. (the median is the default quantile in -qreg-).  This seems far
from what you set out to do.

Those of us who are following this thread would be better able to
advise you if you went back to the beginning and gave us more
information on the data and the context.  I do not know, for example,
whether the data that you are analyzing are suitable for ANOVA.  They
may be (perhaps after a transformation), and you may have given up on
ANOVA too quickly.


David Hoaglin

On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM, Vasan Kandaswamy
<> wrote:
> Many thanks Nick.
> Now, I have given up on ANOVA since I cannot derive p values for gender seperately, but did a regression.
> A quantile regression this way comes up this way
> bysort bmi_q sex:sum g0mmol
> bysort sex: qreg bmi fast_glucose age pr ( adjusted for age)
> I tabulate the output this way
> BMI                Q1      Q2        Q3        Q4     Beta (95%CI)            P value
> Male              5.3     5.4        5.5        5.6     2.61 (1.46, 3.76)     8.91 x 10^-06
> Female         5.4      5.4       5.4         5.7    0.36 (-0.15, 0.86)     0.168
> IF you actually look at the mean glucose values in Q1-Q5, there is not much difference, but the regression shows a clear difference with p values of males significant, while females are not.
> Could you please explain of my approach is correct.
> The basic question I would like to ask is if the fold change from Q1 to Q5 is significant.
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