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Re: st: Chi-Square produces consistent Type I error for large sample

From   Steve Samuels <>
Subject   Re: st: Chi-Square produces consistent Type I error for large sample
Date   Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:18:23 -0500


I agree with Richard. 

That said, I suspect that you are using the Uncorrected chi square, which is known to reject too often. Use the Design-based F p-value instead. Also, if you have -svyset- your data incorrectly (with the wrong PSU, for example), this could also lead to spuriously small p-values.

If you want further help I suggest that you follow the FAQ guideines (show exactly what you typed and what Stata did): describe your data;  show us the -svyset-  statement; the results of -svydes-; the -svy: tab-statement and results for an association that appears to be "too significant".


On Nov 29, 2011, at 5:55 PM, Davydenko, Maria wrote:

Hello all,

I'm having trouble interpreting the output from Stata's survey-based
tab/chi-square analysis. I have a panel data sample of ~33,000
observations and am trying to test for variation in one categorical
var due to another categorical var. As far as I know, the best way to
do this is using chi-square. Here's the trouble: everything I test
using svy:tab comes up significant to a p-level of 0.004 or lower. If
I randomly select a smaller sample size, the p-value gradually gets

Is there something I'm missing here? Any help would be much appreciated.



Maria Davydenko
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Harvard Kennedy School
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