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# RE: st: regression with categorical predictors

 From "Feiveson, Alan H. (JSC-SK311)" <[email protected]> To "[email protected]" <[email protected]> Subject RE: st: regression with categorical predictors Date Tue, 30 Aug 2011 14:38:55 -0500

```Amir - You can tell that there is no adjustment because the reported P-values just come from the t- (or sometimes normal) distribution. In your previous example for region 3, note that the P-value of 0.538 is just P(T > -0.62) where T ~ t(45 df)

. local tval = -1.438452/2.320244

. di `tval', tprob(45,`tval')
-.61995721 .53841281

Al Feiveson

Source |       SS       df       MS              Number of obs =      50
-------------+------------------------------           F(  4,    45) =   37.21
Model |   4096.6093     4  1024.15232           Prob > F      =  0.0000
Residual |  1238.40987    45  27.5202192           R-squared     =  0.7679
Total |  5335.01916    49  108.877942           Root MSE      =   5.246

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
drate |      Coef.   Std. Err.      t    P>|t|     [95% Conf. Interval]
-------------+----------------------------------------------------------------
medage |   4.283183   .5393329     7.94   0.000     3.196911    5.369455
|
region |
2  |   .3138738   2.456431     0.13   0.899    -4.633632     5.26138
3  |  -1.438452   2.320244    -0.62   0.538    -6.111663    3.234758
4  |  -10.90629   2.681349    -4.07   0.000    -16.30681   -5.505777
|
_cons |  -39.14727   17.23613    -2.27   0.028    -73.86262   -4.431915
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-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of amir gahremanpour
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 2:30 PM
To: statalist
Subject: RE: st: regression with categorical predictors

thank you Richard,

I am aware of "test" and "mtest" option, I wanted to make sure I need to use it (not to adjust twice) !

Amir

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> Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:23:09 -0500
> To: [email protected]
> From: [email protected]
> Subject: Re: st: regression with categorical predictors
>
> At 11:06 AM 8/30/2011, amir gahremanpour wrote:
> >Hello everybody,
> >
> >First let me apologize if my question is very primitive, I am trying
> >to self educate myself about regression with stata.
> >When I have a categorical predictor with more than two levels , I am
> >not sure if the p-values stata provides are adjusted for multiple
> >comparison or are not? This example is from stata documentation ,
> >variable region has 4 levels , are the p-values adjusted for 3
> >comparisons to the base level? I do not think so !
>
> You may wish to test whether the dummies as a group are significant,
> e.g. in your example you could use either of these commands:
>
> testparm i(2/4).region
> test 2.region 3.region 4.region
>
> You might also do
>
> test 2.region 3.region 4.region, mtest(b)
>
> See the help for test.
>
>
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