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st: RE: Zero Inflated Poisson

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: Zero Inflated Poisson
Date   Fri, 14 Dec 2007 11:53:37 -0000

If they are, then Stata will tell you, indirectly. There are many
for variable choice, which range from putting everything in and then
out variables that appear to be unimportant, tor building up from a very

simple model until extra complications do not appear worthwhile. You 
could try to automate the process using -stepwise-, but most people I
know would advise against that and suggest that you should bring your
scientific and practical judgment to bear. 


I run a zero inflated poisson model. The sample is 409 observations,
with 87
nonzero observations and 322 zero observations. There are 42 independent
variables. Long and Freese (2001) report a general rule of at least 10
observations per parameter for models for categorical dependent
but they suggest that the zero-inflated poisson model seems to require

Moreover, if there is little variation in the dependent variable (as
be this case, in which nearly all of the outcomes are 0), a larger
sample is

Can you suggest me if 42 parameters are too many for my sample?

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