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Re: st: Trend Regression Coefficients of Ordinal Predictor

From   Karman Tandon <>
To   statalist <>
Subject   Re: st: Trend Regression Coefficients of Ordinal Predictor
Date   Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:15:35 -0500

Hi Billy & the rest of Statalist,

In many papers, a continuous variable will be regressed across
quintiles of another variable, resulting in a beta coefficient for
each level of the predictor variable. Then, the authors will write a
"p for trend" to show that the beta coefficients are significantly
trending as the levels of the predictor variable increase or decrease.
What does "p for trend" mean statistically, and how can I arrive at a
"p for trend" using Stata?

Here is an example of the above in a table from a journal article in
Cancer Epidemiology, that anyone should be able to access:

Karman Tandon

PS this is my first post, so please forgive any mistakes

On Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 1:04 AM, William Buchanan
<> wrote:
> Please read the Statalist FAQ prior to submitting a query like you were asked when joining the list (specifically the section regarding the use of full names).  Your question is also fairly vague and you may want to illustrate what you want more explicitly to get an answer.
> HTH,
> Billy
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jan 14, 2013, at 21:45, karmantandon <> wrote:
> > I am fitting a regression model with a normally distributed outcome (y)
> > and an ordinal variable in 4 levels (x) as predictor, along with other
> > variables (a, b), using the command
> >
> > regress y i.x a b
> >
> > I get separate coefficients for the levels of the predictor x while the
> > first level is treated as reference. I would like to demonstrate that the
> > coefficients of the ordinal variable levels are trending in a certain
> > direction with the variable itself. Is there a way to demonstrate this?
> >
> > Thank you!
> >

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