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Re: st: Categorical variable in regression

From   Maarten Buis <>
Subject   Re: st: Categorical variable in regression
Date   Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:37:58 +0100

On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM, John Ataguba wrote:
> Note that I have suppressed the constant term in my regression - xi: reg  y  i.region, noconst noomit -.  In that case there is no problem of the dummy trap.  Based on Stata's documentation, the regression model I have specified is expected to run.  Unfortunately, it is not running for me.

It is best to avoid the -xi:- prefix if you can; the current way of
handeling categorical variables are as factor variables, see: -help
fvvarlist-. So what you want is : -reg y ibn.region, noconst-. There
are a number of examples in this Stata tip: M.L. Buis (2012) "Stata
tip 106: With or without reference", The Stata Journal, 12(1), pp.

If you really need to use the -xi:- prefix (e.g. you are using -qreg-
instead of -reg-) than the -noomit- option should be part of the -xi:-
prefix not -regress-, so: -xi, noomit: reg y i.region, nocons-

-- Maarten

Maarten L. Buis
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin

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