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Re: st: importance weights

From   "Anders Alexandersson <>" <>
Subject   Re: st: importance weights
Date   Wed, 19 Feb 2003 14:44:21 -0000

Importance weights do whatever you want them to do. For example, 
specify the iweight to be more than 1, say 10, and in the auto dataset 
regress will give you 7 observations only. Thus, it can do the 
opposite of what you claim. 


. help weights

I recommend you to stay away from importance weights in most cases, 
but they are very handy in the rare cases when you as a programmer 
need them. For example, in my confidence ellipse program (. findit 
ellip) I implemented Bartels' "fractional pooling of disparate 
observations" in the pool(#) option using fractional importance 
weights to downweigh "problematic" observations, e.g. problematic in a 
Bayesian sense.

Why do you want to use importance weights? 

Anders Alexandersson

"B. Burcin Yurtoglu" <burcin.yurtoglu@u...> wrote:

> The use of "importance" weights seems to increase the number of 

> observations in the regress command.


> E.g.


> reg y x


> produces an output say with 8 observations


> whereas 


> reg y x [iw=1/weight]

> produces an output with 17 observations


> Does anybody have an explanation or suggestions for reading?

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