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st: Insufficient Observations error(2001) with out-of-sample predictions

From   Stephen Mennemeyer <>
To   statalist <>
Subject   st: Insufficient Observations error(2001) with out-of-sample predictions
Date   Wed, 19 Nov 2003 17:35:58 -0600

I am attempting to make out-of-sample predictions using the approach described in [R] predict (pages 219-220).
I estimated a model

gllamm y x1 x2 x3......

later I call up a second dataset of 18 hypothetical observations:

use newdata, clear

then I try to get predicted values

predict newvar, xb

I get back

error . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Return code 2001
insufficient observations;
You have requested some statistical calculation and, while there
are some observations, the number is not sufficient to carry out
your request.
The same problem occurs if I use an alternative method of prediction:
gllapred newvar, xb

I have checked to see that I have the same variables in my dataset as in the estimated model. Variable names are in the correct case. The internal order of the variables in my second dataset is a bit different from the original, but the manual seems to say that this is ok. "ereturn list" shows that the parameters for the estimated model are still in memory.
Why this error?
Stephen T. Mennemeyer Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Public Health
Dept. of Health Care Organization and Policy

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