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Re: st: RE: OLS parameters differences Stata vs SPSS

From   Richard Williams <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: OLS parameters differences Stata vs SPSS
Date   Thu, 29 Jun 2006 09:25:39 -0500

At 07:42 AM 6/29/2006, Maarten Buis wrote:
cause of the difference. A much much more likely cause
is that you specified a different model in Stata than
in SPSS. For instance, facilities for dealing
categorical values for SPSS (by calling a independent
variable a factor) and Stata (by using either -xi-,
-xi3-, or -desmat-), could easily use different
defaults which would result in mathematically
equivalent models which would still result in parameter
estimates that look very different.
I suspect Maarten is right, although, as he says, we need more info. Another thing to look at are things like the F and R^2 values produced by the 2 programs. If identical, that suggests that the models are equivalent but parameterized differently. If those too are very different then I suspect something got lost in translation as you went from SPSS to Stata.

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