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Re: st: Interpretation of interaction term in log linear (non linear) model

From   David Hoaglin <>
Subject   Re: st: Interpretation of interaction term in log linear (non linear) model
Date   Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:21:16 -0400

Dear Suryadipta,

A key idea underlying Bill Gould's blog post is that -poisson- enables
you to use quasi-likelihood. That command does not require that the
data follow a Poisson distribution.

Please read carefully the part of the blog post that discusses zero
values.  I doubt that simply fitting your model by using -poisson-
will adequately handle your "many zeros."


David Hoaglin

On Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM, Suryadipta Roy <> wrote:
> Dear David,
> I have used both log linear model (that apply only to country pairs
> with nonzero bilateral imports) as well as fixed effects Poisson to
> include the zero observations (based on some wonderful suggestions
> from Bill Gould in Statablog here
> Earlier, Dimitriy had suggested an intuitive interpretation of the
> coefficient terms in terms of semi-elasticity, and I can probably
> persist with that interpretation for Poisson regression.
> Best regards,
> Suryadipta.
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