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R: st: Tobit regression Model

From   "Carlo Lazzaro" <>
To   <>
Subject   R: st: Tobit regression Model
Date   Sun, 2 Dec 2012 18:00:00 +0100

Dear Jay,
thanks for the plug.
Yes, I have heard something alike to what you report about handling with
care Tobit model.
Erring on the high side of N is always a good practice. Unfortunately, this
is often a matter of (tight) research funds.
Best wishes,

-----Messaggio originale-----
[] Per conto di JVerkuilen
Inviato: domenica 2 dicembre 2012 17:45
Oggetto: Re: st: Tobit regression Model

On Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM, Carlo Lazzaro <>
> As Adel has probably heard during some statistics class, according to 
> a long lasting rule-of-thumb, researcher should have around 20 
> observations for each predictor included in her/his multiple linear 
> regression model. I would assume that this guidance may sound interesting
for Tobit models, too.
> Last time I came across this recommendation was in: Katz MH. 
> Multivariable Analysis. A Practical Guide for Clinicians, 2nd edition.
> Cambridge University Press, 2006: 81.

For models like tobit, it's probably beter to err on the high side of N.

There are arguments that tobit isn't even a very good model to fit as it is
strongly dependent on the assumption of normality in a way that linear
regression is not. I recall some links to this point posted by Kit Baum that
suggested that a generalized linear model is usually better, but I've not
been able to find them by searching through the archive. I may be
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