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Re: st: highly skewed, highly zeroed data

From   Maarten buis <>
Subject   Re: st: highly skewed, highly zeroed data
Date   Wed, 25 Nov 2009 01:11:08 -0800 (PST)

--- On Wed, 25/11/09, Jason Ferris wrote:
> I am aware of adding a constant and the transforming on the
> log scale (with antilog) for interpretation.

The previous comments are useful and to the point, all I can
add is that this sugestion by the original poster will _not_ 
give you an estimate of the mean. Notice that the logarithm 
is a non-linear transformation, so taking a logarithm of a 
variable, computing a mean, and than backtransform that mean 
to the original metric will not give you the mean of the 
original variable. If you didn't add the constant you would 
have gotten geometric mean, but by adding the constant you'll 
just get a meaningless number.

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen


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