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Re: st: Dummy variable p value question

From   "Clive Nicholas" <>
Subject   Re: st: Dummy variable p value question
Date   Mon, 1 Dec 2008 01:11:10 +0000

Jimmy Verner wrote:

> Suppose you have an interval dependent variable Y, an interval independent
> variable B and a nominal variable C.  C has four categories, C1, C2, C3 and
> C4.  C is coded by four dummy variables, C1 through C4, with the value 1
> when "in play" and the value 0 otherwise.
> One may regress Y on B and C1 through C4 by dropping the constant:
> Model A:  reg Y B C1 C2 C3 C4, nocon
> Alternatively, one may keep the constant but drop a category to avoid
> falling into the dummy variable trap.  The constant replaces the dropped
> category:
> Model B:  reg Y B C1 C2 C3
> If what I have said is correct, why are the p values different for C1
> through C3 between the two models?  And should not the p value for C4 in
> Model A be the same as for the constant in Model B?

The coefficients are not the same because the models are not the same.


. webuse auto

. tab rep78, gen(r)


. reg mpg weight r1-r5, nocon


. reg mpg weight r1-r4

and notice that not even the model diagnostics are the same, since the
first model contains 1 degree of freedom more than the second model.

Clive Nicholas

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