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1 Applying Regression

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2 The Course 14 (or so) lessons –Some flexibility Depends how we feel What we get through

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3 Part I: Theory of Regression 1.Models in statistics 2.Models with more than one parameter: regression 3.Samples to populations 4.Introducing multiple regression 5.More on multiple regression

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4 Part 2: Application of regression 6.Categorical predictor variables 7.Assumptions in regression analysis 8.Issues in regression analysis 9.Non-linear regression 10.Categorical and count variables 11.Moderators (interactions) in regression 12.Mediation and path analysis Part 3:Taking Regression Further (Kind of brief) 13.Introducing longitudinal multilevel models

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Bonuses Bonus lesson1: Why is it called regression? Bonus lesson 2: Other types of regression. 5

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6 House Rules Jeremy must remember –Not to talk too fast If you dont understand –Ask –Any time If you think Im wrong –Ask. (Im not always right)

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The Assistants Carla Xena - Eugenia Suarez Moran Arian Daneshmand-

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8 Learning New Techniques Best kind of data to learn a new technique –Data that you know well, and understand Your own data –In computer labs (esp later on) –Use your own data if you like My data –Ill provide you with –Simple examples, small sample sizes Conceptually simple (even silly)

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9 Computer Programs Stata –Mostly Ill explain SPSS options Youll like Stata more Excel –For calculations –Semi-optional GPower

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10 Lesson 1: Models in statistics Models, parsimony, error, mean, OLS estimators

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11 What is a Model?

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12 What is a model? Representation –Of reality –Not reality Model aeroplane represents a real aeroplane –If model aeroplane = real aeroplane, it isnt a model

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13 Statistics is about modelling –Representing and simplifying Sifting –What is important from what is not important Parsimony –In statistical models we seek parsimony –Parsimony simplicity

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14 Parsimony in Science A model should be: –1: able to explain a lot –2: use as few concepts as possible More it explains –The more you get Fewer concepts –The lower the price Is it worth paying a higher price for a better model?

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15 The Mean as a Model

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16 The (Arithmetic) Mean We all know the mean –The average –Learned about it at school –Forget (didnt know) about how clever the mean is The mean is: –An Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) estimator –Best Linear Unbiased Estimator (BLUE)

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17 Mean as OLS Estimator Going back a step or two MODEL was a representation of DATA –We said we want a model that explains a lot –How much does a model explain? DATA = MODEL + ERROR ERROR = DATA - MODEL –We want a model with as little ERROR as possible

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18 What is error? Error (e)Model (b 0 ) mean Data (Y)

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19 How can we calculate the amount of error? Sum of errors? Sum of absolute errors?

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20 Are small and large errors equivalent? –One error of 4 –Four errors of 1 –The same? –What happens with different data? Y = (2, 2, 5) – b 0 = 2 –Not very representative Y = (2, 2, 4, 4) –b 0 = any value from –Indeterminate There are an infinite number of solutions which would satisfy our criteria for minimum error

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21 Sum of squared errors (SSE)

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22 Determinate –Always gives one answer If we minimise SSE –Get the mean Shown in graph –SSE plotted against b 0 –Min value of SSE occurs when –b 0 = mean

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24 The Mean as an OLS Estimate

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25 Mean as OLS Estimate The mean is an Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) estimate –As are lots of other things This is exciting because –OLS estimators are BLUE –Best Linear Unbiased Estimators –Proven with Gauss-Markov Theorem Which we wont worry about

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26 BLUE Estimators Best –Minimum variance (of all possible unbiased estimators) –Narrower distribution than other estimators e.g. median, mode

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27 SSE and the Standard Deviation Tying up a loose end

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28 SSE closely related to SD Sample standard deviation – s –Biased estimator of population SD Population standard deviation - –Need to know the mean to calculate SD Reduces N by 1 Hence divide by N -1, not N –Like losing one df

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29 Proof That the mean minimises SSE –Not that difficult –As statistical proofs go Available in –Maxwell and Delaney – Designing experiments and analysing data –Judd and McClelland – Data Analysis: a model comparison approach (out of print?)

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30 Whats a df? The number of parameters free to vary –When one is fixed Term comes from engineering –Movement available to structures

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31 Back to the Data Mean has 5 ( N ) df – 1 st moment has N –1 df –Mean has been fixed –2 nd moment –Can think of it as amount of cases vary away from the mean

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32 While we are at it … Skewness has N – 2 df –3 rd moment Kurtosis has N – 3 df –4 rd moment –Amount cases vary from

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33 Parsimony and df Number of df remaining –Measure of parsimony Model which contained all the data –Has 0 df –Not a parsimonious model Normal distribution –Can be described in terms of mean and 2 parameters –( z with 0 parameters)

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34 Summary of Lesson 1 Statistics is about modelling DATA –Models have parameters –Fewer parameters, more parsimony, better Models need to minimise ERROR –Best model, least ERROR –Depends on how we define ERROR –If we define error as sum of squared deviations from predicted value –Mean is best MODEL

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Lesson 1a A really brief introduction to Stata 35

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Commands 36 Command review Variable list Commands Output

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Stata Commands Can use menus –But commands are easy All have similar format: command variables, options Stata is case sensitive –BEDS, beds, Beds Stata lets you shorten –summarize sqft –su sq 37

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More Stata Commands Open exercise 1.4.dta –Run summarize sqm table beds mean price histogram price –Or su be tab be mean pr hist pr 38

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39 Lesson 2: Models with one more parameter - regression

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40 In Lesson 1 we said … Use a model to predict and describe data –Mean is a simple, one parameter model

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41 More Models Slopes and Intercepts

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42 More Models The mean is OK –As far as it goes –It just doesnt go very far –Very simple prediction, uses very little information We often have more information than that –We want to use more information than that

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43 House Prices Look at house prices in one area of Los Angeles Predictors of house prices Using: –Sale price, size, number of bedrooms, size of lot, year built …

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46 House Prices address listpricebedsbathssqft 3628 OLYMPIAD Dr OLYMPIAD Dr CHANSON Dr West 58TH Pl West 58TH Pl FAIRWAY Blvd OLYMPIAD Dr DON LUIS Dr West 59TH St WHELAN Pl West 63RD St ANGELES VISTA Blvd

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47 One Parameter Model The mean How much is that house worth? $415,689 Use 1 df to say that

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48 Adding More Parameters We have more information than this –We might as well use it –Add a linear function of number of size (square feet) ( x 1 )

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49 Alternative Expression Estimate of Y (expected value of Y ) Value of Y

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50 Estimating the Model We can estimate this model in four different, equivalent ways –Provides more than one way of thinking about it 1. Estimating the slope which minimises SSE 2. Examining the proportional reduction in SSE 3. Calculating the covariance 4. Looking at the efficiency of the predictions

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51 Estimate the Slope to Minimise SSE

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52 Estimate the Slope Stage 1 –Draw a scatterplot – x -axis at mean Not at zero Mark errors on it –Called residuals –Sum and square these to find SSE

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55 Add another slope to the chart –Redraw residuals –Recalculate SSE –Move the line around to find slope which minimises SSE Find the slope

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57 Any straight line can be defined with two parameters –The location (height) of the slope b 0 –Sometimes called –The gradient of the slope b 1

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58 Gradient 1 unit b 1 units

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60 Height If we fix slope to zero –Height becomes mean –Hence mean is b 0 Height is defined as the point that the slope hits the y -axis –The constant –The y -intercept

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61 Why the constant? – b 0 x 0 –Where x 0 is 1.00 for every case i.e. x 0 is constant Implicit in Stata –(And SPSS, SAS, R) –Some packages force you to make it explicit –(Later on well need to make it explicit)

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62 Why the intercept? –Where the regression line intercepts the y - axis –Sometimes called y -intercept

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63 Finding the Slope How do we find the values of b 0 and b 1 ? –Start with we jiggle the values, to find the best estimates which minimise SSE –Iterative approach Computer intensive – used to matter, doesnt really any more (With fast computers and sensible search algorithms – more on that later)

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64 Start with – b 0 =416 (mean) – b 1 =0.5 (nice round number) SSE = 365,774 – b 0 =300, b 1 =0.5, SSE=341,683 –b 0 =300, b 1 =0.6, SSE=310,240 –b 0 =300, b 1 =0.8, SSE=264,573 –b 0 =300, b 1 =1, SSE=301, 797 –b 0 =250, b 1 =1, SSE=255,366 –…..

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65 Quite a long time later – b 0 = – b 1 = – SSE = 145, Gives the position of the –Regression line (or) –Line of best fit Better than guessing Not necessarily the only method –But it is OLS, so it is the best (it is BLUE)

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67 We now know –A zero square metre house is worth $216,000 –Adding a square meter adds $1,080 Told us two things –Dont extrapolate to meaningless values of x -axis –Constant is not necessarily useful It is necessary to estimate the equation

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Exercise 2a, 2b 68

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69 Standardised Regression Line One big but: –Scale dependent Values change –£ to, inflation Scales change –£, £000, £00? Need to deal with this

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70 Dont express in raw units –Express in SD units – x 1 = – y = b 1 = We increase x 1 by 1, and Ŷ increases by So we increase x 1 by 1 and Ŷ increases by SDs

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71 Similarly, 1 unit of x 1 = 1/ SDs –Increase x 1 by 1 SD –Ŷ increases by (69.017/1) = Put them both together

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72 The standardised regression line –Change (in SDs) in Ŷ associated with a change of 1 SD in x 1 A different route to the same answer –Standardise both variables (divide by SD) –Find line of best fit

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73 The standardised regression line has a special name The Correlation Coefficient ( r ) (r stands for regression, but more on that later) Correlation coefficient is a standardised regression slope –Relative change, in terms of SDs

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75 Proportional Reduction in Error

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76 Proportional Reduction in Error We might be interested in the level of improvement of the model –How much less error (as proportion) do we have –Proportional Reduction in Error (PRE) Mean only –Error(model 0) = 341,683 Mean + slope –Error(model 1) = 196,046

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78 But we squared all the errors in the first place –So we could take the square root This is the correlation coefficient Correlation coefficient is the square root of the proportion of variance explained

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80 Standardised Covariance We are still iterating –Need a closed-form equation –Equation to solve to get the parameter estimates Answer is a standardised covariance –A variable has variance –Amount of differentness We have used SSE so far

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81 SSE varies with N –Higher N, higher SSE Divide by N –Gives SSE per person (or house) –(Actually N – 1, we have lost a df to the mean) Gives us the variance Same as SD 2 –We thought of SSE as a scattergram Y plotted against X –(repeated image follows)

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83 Or we could plot Y against Y –Axes meet at the mean (415) –Draw a square for each point –Calculate an area for each square –Sum the areas Sum of areas –SSE Sum of areas divided by N –Variance

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86 What if we do the same procedure –Instead of Y against Y –Y against X Draw rectangles (not squares) Sum the area Divide by N - 1 This gives us the variance of x with y –The Covariance –Shortened to Cov( x, y )

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89 More formally (and easily) We can state what we are doing as an equation –Where Cov( x, y ) is the covariance Cov( x, y )=5165 What do points in different sectors do to the covariance?

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90 Problem with the covariance –Tells us about two things –The variance of X and Y –The covariance Need to standardise it –Like the slope Two ways to standardise the covariance –Standardise the variables first Subtract from mean and divide by SD –Standardise the covariance afterwards

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91 First approach –Much more computationally expensive Too much like hard work to do by hand –Need to standardise every value Second approach –Much easier –Standardise the final value only Need the combined variance –Multiply two variances –Find square root (were multiplied in first place)

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93 The correlation coefficient –A standardised covariance is a correlation coefficient

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95 This means … –We now have a closed form equation to calculate the correlation –Which is the standardised slope –Which we can use to calculate the unstandardised slope

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98 The intercept –Just while we are at it The variables are centred at zero –We subtracted the mean from both variables –Intercept is zero, because the axes cross at the mean

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99 Add mean of y to the constant –Adjusts for centring y Subtract mean of x –But not the whole mean of x –Need to correct it for the slope

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100 Accuracy of Prediction

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101 One More (Last One) We have one more way to calculate the correlation –Looking at the accuracy of the prediction Use the parameters – b 0 and b 1 –To calculate a predicted value for each case

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102 Plot actual price against predicted price –From the model

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104 r = The correlation between actual and predicted value Seems a futile thing to do –And at this stage, it is –But later on, we will see why

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105 Some More Formulae For hand calculation Point biserial

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106 Phi ( ) –Used for 2 dichotomous variables Vote PVote Q HomeownerA: 19B: 54 Not homeownerC: 60D:53

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107 Problem with the phi correlation –Unless P x = P y (or P x = 1 – P y ) Maximum (absolute) value is < 1.00 Tetrachoric correlation can be used to correct this Rank (Spearman) correlation –Used where data are ranked

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108 Summary Mean is an OLS estimate –OLS estimates are BLUE Regression line –Best prediction of outcome from predictor –OLS estimate (like mean) Standardised regression line –A correlation

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109 Four ways to think about a correlation –1. Standardised regression line –2. Proportional Reduction in Error (PRE) –3. Standardised covariance –4. Accuracy of prediction

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Regression and Correlation in Stata Correlation: correlate x y correlate x y, cov regress y x Or regress price sqm 110

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Post-Estimation Stata commands leave behind something You can run post-estimation commands –They mean from the last regression Get predicted values: –predict my_preds Get residuals: –predict my_res, residuals 111 This comes after the comma, so its an option

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Graphs Scatterplot scatter price beds Regression line –lfit price beds Both graphs –twoway (scatter price beds) (lfit price beds) 112

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What happens if you run reg without a predictor? –regress price 113

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115 Lesson 3: Samples to Populations – Standard Errors and Statistical Significance

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116 The Problem In Social Sciences –We investigate samples Theoretically –Randomly taken from a specified population –Every member has an equal chance of being sampled –Sampling one member does not alter the chances of sampling another Not the case in (say) physics, biology, etc.

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117 Population But its the population that we are interested in –Not the sample –Population statistic represented with Greek letter –Hat means estimate

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118 Sample statistics (e.g. mean) estimate population parameters Want to know –Likely size of the parameter –If it is > 0

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119 Sampling Distribution We need to know the sampling distribution of a parameter estimate –How much does it vary from sample to sample If we make some assumptions –We can know the sampling distribution of many statistics –Start with the mean

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120 Sampling Distribution of the Mean Given –Normal distribution –Random sample –Continuous data Mean has a known sampling distribution –Repeatedly sampling will give a known distribution of means –Centred around the true (population) mean ( )

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121 Analysis Example: Memory Difference in memory for different words –10 participants given a list of 30 words to learn, and then tested –Two types of word Abstract: e.g. love, justice Concrete: e.g. carrot, table

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125 We know the sampling distribution of the mean – t distributed if N < 30 –Normal with large N (>30) Asymptotically normal Know the range within means from other samples will fall –Therefore the likely range of

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126 Two implications of equation –Increasing N decreases SE But only a bit (SE halfs if N is 400 times bigger) –Decreasing SD decreases SE Calculate Confidence Intervals –From standard errors 95% is a standard level of CI –95% of samples the true mean will lie within the 95% CIs –In large samples: 95% CI = 1.96 SE –In smaller samples: depends on t distribution ( df =N-1=9)

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129 What is a CI? (For 95% CI): 95% chance that the true (population) value lies within the confidence interval? No; 95% of samples, true mean will land within the confidence interval?

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130 Significance Test Probability that is a certain value –Almost always 0 Doesnt have to be though We want to test the hypothesis that the difference is equal to 0 – i.e. find the probability of this difference occurring in our sample IF =0 –(Not the same as the probability that =0)

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131 Calculate SE, and then t – t has a known sampling distribution –Can test probability that a certain value is included

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132 Other Parameter Estimates Same approach –Prediction, slope, intercept, predicted values –At this point, prediction and slope are the same Wont be later on One predictor only –More complicated with > 1

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133 Testing the Degree of Prediction Prediction is correlation of Y with Ŷ –The correlation – when we have one IV Use F, rather than t Started with SSE for the mean only –This is SS total –Divide this into SS residual –SS regression SS tot = SS reg + SS res

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139 A Quiz Six questions, each true or false Write down your answers (if you like) An experiment has been done. Carried out perfectly. All assumptions perfectly satisfied. Absolutely no problems. P = 0.01 –Which of the following can we say?

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You have absolutely disproved the null hypothesis (that is, there is no difference between the population means).

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You have found the probability of the null hypothesis being true.

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You have absolutely proved your experimental hypothesis (that there is a difference between the population means).

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You know, if you decide to reject the null hypothesis, the probability that you are making the wrong decision.

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You have a reliable experimental finding in the sense that if, hypothetically, the experiment were repeated a great number of times, you would obtain a significant result on 99% of occasions.

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146 OK, What is a p-value Cohen (1994) [a p-value] does not tell us what we want to know, and we so much want to know what we want to know that, out of desperation, we nevertheless believe it does (p 997).

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147 OK, What is a p-value Sorry, didnt answer the question Its The probability of obtaining a result as or more extreme than the result we have in the study, given that the null hypothesis is true Not probability the null hypothesis is true

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148 A Bit of Notation Not because we like notation –But we have to say a lot less Probability – P Null hypothesis is true – H Result (data) – D Given - |

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149 Whats a P Value P(D|H) –Probability of the data occurring if the null hypothesis is true Not P(H|D) (what we want to know) –Probability that the null hypothesis is true, given that we have the data = p(H) P(H|D) P(D|H)

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150 What is probability you are prime minister –Given that you are British –P(M|B) –Very low What is probability you are British –Given you are prime minister –P(B|M) –Very high P(M|B) P(B|M)

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151 Theres been a murder –Someone murdered an instructor (perhaps they talked too much) The police have DNA The police have your DNA –They match(!) DNA matches 1 in 1,000,000 people Whats the probability you didnt do the murder, given the DNA match (H|D)

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152 Police say: –P(D|H) = 1/1,000,000 Luckily, you have Jeremy on your defence team We say: –P(D|H) P(H|D) Probability that someone matches the DNA, who didnt do the murder –Incredibly high

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153 Back to the Questions Haller and Kraus (2002) –Asked those questions of groups in Germany –Psychology Students –Psychology lecturers and professors (who didnt teach stats) –Psychology lecturers and professors (who did teach stats)

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154 1.You have absolutely disproved the null hypothesis (that is, there is no difference between the population means). True 34% of students 15% of professors/lecturers, 10% of professors/lecturers teaching statistics False We have found evidence against the null hypothesis

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157 4.You can deduce the probability of the experimental hypothesis being true. –59% of students –33% of professors/lecturers –33% of professors/lecturers teaching statistics False

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160 One Last Quiz I carry out a study –All assumptions perfectly satisfied –Random sample from population –I find p = 0.05 You replicate the study exactly –What is probability you find p < 0.05?

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161 I carry out a study –All assumptions perfectly satisfied –Random sample from population –I find p = 0.01 You replicate the study exactly –What is probability you find p < 0.05?

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162 Significance testing creates boundaries and gaps where none exist. Significance testing means that we find it hard to build upon knowledge –we dont get an accumulation of knowledge

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163 Yates (1951) "the emphasis given to formal tests of significance... has resulted in... an undue concentration of effort by mathematical statisticians on investigations of tests of significance applicable to problems which are of little or no practical importance... and... it has caused scientific research workers to pay undue attention to the results of the tests of significance... and too little to the estimates of the magnitude of the effects they are investigating

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164 Testing the Slope Same idea as with the mean –Estimate 95% CI of slope –Estimate significance of difference from a value (usually 0) Need to know the SD of the slope –Similar to SD of the mean

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173 Using Excel Functions in excel –Fisher() – to carry out Fisher transformation –Fisherinv() – to transform back to correlation

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174 The Others Same ideas for calculation of CIs and SEs for –Predicted score –Gives expected range of values given X Same for intercept –But we have probably had enough

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One more tricky thing (Dont worry if you dont understand) For means, regression estimates, etc –Estimate –95% confidence intervals , –P = They match 175

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178 Residuals We said Y = b 0 + b 1 x 1 We could have said Y i = b 0 + b 1 x i1 + e i We ignored the i on the Y And we ignored the e i –Its called error, after all But it isnt just error –Trying to tell us something

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179 What Error Tells Us Error tells us that a case has a different score for Y than we predict –There is something about that case Called the residual –What is left over, after the model Contains information –Something is making the residual 0 –But what?

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187 Exam performance –Consider number of books a student read (books) –Number of lectures (max 20) a student attended (attend) Books and attend as IV, grade as outcome

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193 Correlation of books and attend is (unsurprisingly) not zero –Some of the variance that books shares with grade, is also shared by attend Look at the correlation matrix BOOKS ATTEND GRADE BOOKSATTENDGRADE

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194 I have access to 2 cars My wife has access to 2 cars –We have access to four cars? –No. We need to know how many of my 2 cars are shared Similarly with regression –But we can do this with the residuals –Residuals are what is left after (say) books –See if residual variance is explained by attend –Can use this new residual variance to calculate SS res, SS total and SS reg

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202 The good news –There is an easier way The bad news –It involves matrix algebra The good news –We dont really need to know how to do it

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204 Back to the Good News We can calculate the standardised parameters as B=R xx -1 x R xy Where –B is the vector of regression weights –R xx -1 is the inverse of the correlation matrix of the independent (x) variables –R xy is the vector of correlations of the correlations of the x and y variables

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Exercises Exercise 4.1 –Grades data in Excel Exercise 4.2 –Repeat in Stata Exercise 4.3 –Zero correlation Exercise 4.4 –Repeat therapy data Exercise 4.5 –PTSD in families. 206

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214 Multiple R The degree of prediction –R (or Multiple R ) –No longer equal to b R 2 Might be equal to the sum of squares of B –Only if all x s are uncorrelated

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215 In Terms of Variance Can also think of R2 in terms of variance explained. –Each IV explains some variance in the outcome –The IVs share some of their variance Cant share the same variance twice

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216 The total variance of Y = 1 Variance in Y accounted for by x 1 r x 1 y 2 = 0.36 Variance in Y accounted for by x 2 r x2y 2 = 0.36

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217 In this model –R 2 = r yx r yx 2 2 –R 2 = = 0.72 –R = 0.72 = 0.85 But –If x 1 and x 2 are correlated –No longer the case

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218 The total variance of Y = 1 Variance in Y accounted for by x 2 r x2y 2 = 0.36 Variance in Y accounted for by x 1 r x1y 2 = 0.36 Variance shared between x 1 and x 2 (not equal to r x1x2 )

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219 So –We can no longer sum the r 2 –Need to sum them, and subtract the shared variance – i.e. the correlation But –Its not the correlation between them –Its the correlation between them as a proportion of the variance of Y Two different ways

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220 If r x1x2 = 0 –r xy = b x 1 –Equivalent to r yx1 2 + r yx 2 2 Based on estimates

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221 r x1x2 = 0 –Equivalent to r yx1 2 + r yx2 2 Based on correlations

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222 Can also be calculated using methods we have seen –Based on PRE (predicted value) –Based on correlation with prediction Same procedure with >2 IVs

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223 Adjusted R 2 R 2 is on average an overestimate of population value of R 2 –Any x will not correlate 0 with Y –Any variation away from 0 increases R –Variation from 0 more pronounced with lower N Need to correct R 2 –Adjusted R 2

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224 1 – R 2 –Proportion of unexplained variance –We multiple this by an adjustment More variables – greater adjustment More people – less adjustment Calculation of Adj. R 2

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227 Can be hard to understand –Very counter-intuitive Definition –A predictor which increases the size of the parameters associated with other predictors above the size of their correlations Suppressor variables

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228 An example (based on Horst, 1941) –Success of trainee pilots –Mechanical ability ( x 1 ), verbal ability ( x 2 ), success ( y ) Correlation matrix

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229 –Mechanical ability correlates 0.3 with success –Verbal ability correlates 0.0 with success –What will the parameter estimates be? –(Dont look ahead until you have had a guess)

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230 Mechanical ability – b = 0.4 –Larger than r ! Verbal ability – b = -0.2 –Smaller than r !! So what is happening? –You need verbal ability to do the mechanical ability test –Not actually related to mechanical ability Measure of mechanical ability is contaminated by verbal ability

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231 High mech, low verbal –High mech This is positive (.4) –Low verbal Negative, because we are talking about standardised scores (-(-.2) (.2) Your mech is really high – you did well on the mechanical test, without being good at the words High mech, high verbal –Well, you had a head start on mech, because of verbal, and need to be brought down a bit

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238 Suppression happens when two opposing forces are happening together –And have opposite effects Dont throw away your IVs, –Just because they are uncorrelated with the outcome Be careful in interpretation of regression estimates –Really need the correlations too, to interpret what is going on –Cannot compare between studies with different predictors –Think about what you want to know Before throwing variables into the analysis

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What to Control For? What is the added value of a better college –In terms of salary –More academic people go to better colleges –Control for: Ability? Social class? Mothers education? Parents income? Course? Ethnic group? … 239

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246 Standardised Estimates > 1 Correlations are bounded r –We think of standardised regression estimates as being similarly bounded But they are not –Can go >1.00, <-1.00 –R cannot, because that is a proportion of variance

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247 Three measures of ability –Mechanical ability, verbal ability 1, verbal ability 2 –Score on science exam –Before reading on, what are the parameter estimates?

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249 What is going on –Its a suppressor again –a predictor which increases the size of the parameters associated with other predictors above the size of their correlations Verbal 1 and verbal 2 are correlated so highly –They need to cancel each other out

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250 Variable Selection What are the appropriate predictors to use in a model? –Depends what you are trying to do Multiple regression has two separate uses –Prediction –Explanation

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251 Prediction –What will happen in the future? –Emphasis on practical application –Variables selected (more) empirically –Value free Explanation –Why did something happen? –Emphasis on understanding phenomena –Variables selected theoretically –Not value free

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252 Visiting the doctor –Precedes suicide attempts –Predicts suicide Does not explain suicide More on causality later on … Which are appropriate variables –To collect data on? –To include in analysis? –Decision needs to be based on theoretical knowledge of the behaviour of those variables –Statistical analysis of those variables (later) Unless you didnt collect the data –Common sense (not a useful thing to say)

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253 Variable Entry Techniques Entry-wise –All variables entered simultaneously Hierarchical –Variables entered in a predetermined order Stepwise –Variables entered according to change in R 2 –Actually a family of techniques

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254 Entrywise regression –All variables entered simultaneously –All treated equally Hierarchical regression –Entered in a theoretically determined order –Change in R 2 is assessed, and tested for significance –e.g. sex and age Should not be treated equally with other variables Sex and age MUST be first (unchangeable) –Confused with hierarchical linear modelling (MLM)

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256 Stepwise –Variables entered empirically –Variable which increases R 2 the most goes first Then the next … –Variables which have no effect can be removed from the equation Example –House prices – whats important? –Size, lot size, list price,

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257 Stepwise Analysis –Data determines the order –Model 1: listing price, R 2 = 0.87 –Model 2: listing price + lot size, R 2 = 0.89

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258 Hierarchical analysis –Theory determines the order –Model 1: Lot size+ House size, R 2 = –Model 2: + List price, R 2 = –Change in R 2 = 0.41, p < 0.001

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259 Which is the best model? –Entrywise – OK –Stepwise – excluded age Excluded size –MOST IMPORTANT PREDICTOR –Hierarchical Listing price accounted for additional variance –Whoever decides the price has information that we dont Other problems with stepwise –F and df are wrong (cheats with df ) –Unstable results Small changes (sampling variance) – large differences in models

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261 Is Stepwise Always Evil? Yes All right, no Research goal is entirely predictive (technological) –Not explanatory (scientific) –What happens, not why N is large –40 people per predictor, Cohen, Cohen, Aiken, West (2003) Cross validation takes place

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Alternatives to stepwise regression –More recently developed –Used for genetic studies 1000s of predictors, one outcome, small samples –Least Angle Regression LARS (least angle regression) Lasso (Least absolute shrinkage and selection operator) 262

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Hierarchical Regression Use (on one line) –hireg outcome (block1var1 block1var2) (block2var1 block2var2) Hireg reports –Parameter estimates for the two regressions –R 2 for each model, change in R 2 264

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Hierarchical Regression (Cont) test isnt exactly what we want –But it is the same as what we want Advantage of test –You can always use it (I can always remember how it works) 268

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276 Critique of Multiple Regression Goertzel (2002) –Myths of murder and multiple regression –Skeptical Inquirer (Paper B1) Econometrics and regression are junk science –Multiple regression models (in US) –Used to guide social policy

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277 More Guns, Less Crime –(controlling for other factors) Lott and Mustard: A 1% increase in gun ownership –3.3% decrease in murder rates But: –More guns in rural Southern US –More crime in urban North (crack cocaine epidemic at time of data)

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278 Executions Cut Crime No difference between crimes in states in US with or without death penalty Ehrlich (1975) controlled all variables that affect crime rates –Death penalty had effect in reducing crime rate No statistical way to decide whos right

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279 Legalised Abortion Donohue and Levitt (1999) –Legalised abortion in 1970s cut crime in 1990s Lott and Whitley (2001) –Legalising abortion decreased murder rates by … 0.5 to 7 per cent. Its impossible to model these data –Controlling for other historical events –Crack cocaine (again)

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285 Introduction So far, just looked at continuous predictors Also possible to use categorical (nominal, qualitative) predictors –e.g. Sex; Job; Religion; Region; Type (of anything) Usually analysed with t-test/ANOVA

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287 In the special cases where: You have one categorical predictor Your IVs are uncorrelated –It is much easier to do it by partitioning of sums of squares These cases –Very rare in applied research –Very common in experimental research Fisher worked at Rothamsted agricultural research station Never have problems manipulating wheat, pigs, cabbages, etc

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293 We will examine two coding schemes –Dummy coding For two groups For >2 groups –Effect coding For >2 groups Look at analysis of change –Equivalent to ANCOVA –Pretest-posttest designs

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294 Dummy Coding – 2 Groups Sometimes called simple coding A categorical variable with two groups One group chosen as a reference group –The other group is represented in a variable e.g. 2 groups: Experimental (Group 1) and Control (Group 0) –Control is the reference group –Dummy variable represents experimental group Call this variable group1

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313 Test –(Which is a trick; but its designed to make you think about it) Use bank data (Ex 5.3) –Compare the pay rise (difference between salbegin and salary) –For ethnic minority and non-minority staff What do you find?

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394 However … If there is no skew in predicted scores –P-values a tiny bit wrong If skewed, –P-values can be very wrong Exercise 7.4

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396 Meaning What is heteroscedasticity trying to tell us? –Our model is wrong – it is misspecified –Something important is happening that we have not accounted for e.g. amount of money given to charity ( given ) –depends on: earnings degree of importance person assigns to the charity ( import )

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397 Do the regression analysis –R 2 = 0.60,, p < seems quite good –b 0 = 0.24, p =0.97 –b 1 = 0.71, p < –b 2 = 0.23, p = Whites test – 2 = 18.6, df =5, p =0.002 The plot of predicted values against residuals …

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399 Which means … –the effects of the variables are not additive –If you think that what a charity does is important you might give more money how much more depends on how much money you have

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404 Additivity What heteroscedasticity shows you –effects of variables need to be additive (assume no interaction between the variables) Heteroscedasticity doesnt always show it to you –can test for it, but hard work –(same as homogeneity of covariance assumption in ANCOVA) Have to know it from your theory A specification error

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405 Additivity and Theory Two IVs –Alcohol has sedative effect A bit makes you a bit tired A lot makes you very tired –Some painkillers have sedative effect A bit makes you a bit tired A lot makes you very tired –A bit of alcohol and a bit of painkiller doesnt make you very tired –Effects multiply together, dont add together

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406 If you dont test for it –Its very hard to know that it will happen So many possible non-additive effects –Cannot test for all of them –Can test for obvious In medicine –Choose to test for salient non-additive effects –e.g. sex, race More on this, when we look at moderators

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409 Linearity Relationships between variables should be linear –best represented by a straight line Not a very common problem in social sciences –measures are not sufficiently accurate (much measurement error) to make a difference R 2 too low unlike, say, physics

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411 R 2 = –looks pretty good –know speed, make a good prediction of fuel BUT –look at the chart –if we know speed we can make a perfect prediction of fuel used –R 2 should be 1.00

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412 Detecting Non-Linearity Residual plot –just like heteroscedasticity Using this example –very, very obvious –usually pretty obvious

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414 Linearity: A Case of Additivity Linearity = additivity along the range of the IV Jeremy rides his bicycle harder –Increase in speed depends on current speed –Not additive, multiplicative –MacCallum and Mar (1995). Distinguishing between moderator and quadratic effects in multiple regression. Psychological Bulletin.

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415 Assumption 5: The expected correlation between residuals, for any two cases, is 0. The independence assumption (lack of autocorrelation)

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416 Independence Assumption Also: lack of autocorrelation Tricky one –often ignored –exists for almost all tests All cases should be independent of one another –knowing the value of one case should not tell you anything about the value of other cases

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417 How is it Detected? Can be difficult –need some clever statistics (multilevel models) Better off avoiding situations where it arises –Or handling it when it does arise Residual Plots

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418 Residual Plots Were data collected in time order? –If so plot ID number against the residuals –Look for any pattern Test for linear relationship Non-linear relationship Heteroscedasticity

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420 How does it arise? Two main ways time-series analyses –When cases are time periods weather on Tuesday and weather on Wednesday correlated inflation 1972, inflation 1973 are correlated clusters of cases –patients treated by three doctors –children from different classes –people assessed in groups

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421 Why does it matter? Standard errors can be wrong –therefore significance tests can be wrong Parameter estimates can be wrong –really, really wrong –from positive to negative An example –students do an exam (on statistics) –choose one of three questions IV: time outcome: grade

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423 Result shows that –people who spent longer in the exam, achieve better grades BUT … –we havent considered which question people answered –we might have violated the independence assumption outcome will be autocorrelated Look again –with questions marked

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425 Now, people that spent longer got lower grades –questions differed in difficulty –do a hard one, get better grade –if you can do it, you can do it quickly

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Example of Robust SE Naïve –reg postscore tx midscore – Est: SE: Clustered –reg postscore tx midscore, robust cluster(classid) –Est: SE

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436 Uncorrelated with the Error Term A curious assumption –by definition, the residuals are uncorrelated with the predictors (try it and see, if you like) There are no other predictors that are important –That correlate with the error –i.e. Have an effect

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437 Problem in economics –Demand increases supply –Supply increases wages –Higher wages increase demand OLS estimates will be (badly) biased in this case –need a different estimation procedure –two-stage least squares simultaneous equation modelling –Instrumental variables

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440 No Perfect Multicollinearity IVs must not be linear functions of one another –matrix of correlations of IVs is not positive definite –cannot be inverted –analysis cannot proceed Have seen this with –age, age start, time working (cant have all three in the model) –also occurs with subscale and total in model at the same time

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441 Large amounts of collinearity –a problem (as we shall see) sometimes –not an assumption Exercise 7.11

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442 Assumption 8: The mean of the error term is zero. You will like this one.

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443 Mean of the Error Term = 0 Mean of the residuals = 0 That is what the constant is for –if the mean of the error term deviates from zero, the constant soaks it up - note, Greek letters because we are talking about population values

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444 Can do regression without the constant –Usually a bad idea –E.g R 2 = 0.995, p < Looks good

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446 Lesson 8: Issues in Regression Analysis Things that alter the interpretation of the regression equation

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447 The Four Issues Causality Sample sizes Collinearity Measurement error

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449 What is a Cause? Debate about definition of cause –some statistics (and philosophy) books try to avoid it completely –We are not going into depth just going to show why it is hard Two dimensions of cause –Ultimate versus proximal cause –Determinate versus probabilistic

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450 Proximal versus Ultimate Why am I here? –I walked here because –This is the location of the class because –Eric Tanenbaum asked me because –(I dont know) –because I was in my office when he rang because –I was a lecturer at Derby University because –I saw an advert in the paper because

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451 –I exist because –My parents met because –My father had a job … Proximal cause –the direct and immediate cause of something Ultimate cause –the thing that started the process off –I fell off my bicycle because of the bump –I fell off because I was going too fast

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452 Determinate versus Probabilistic Cause Why did I fall off my bicycle? –I was going too fast –But every time I ride too fast, I dont fall off –Probabilistic cause Why did my tyre go flat? –A nail was stuck in my tyre –Every time a nail sticks in my tyre, the tyre goes flat –Deterministic cause

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453 Can get into trouble by mixing them together –Eating deep fried Mars Bars and doing no exercise are causes of heart disease –My Grandad ate three deep fried Mars Bars every day, and the most exercise he ever got was when he walked to the shop next door to buy one –(Deliberately?) confusing deterministic and probabilistic causes

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454 Criteria for Causation Association (correlation) Direction of Influence (a b) Isolation (not c a and c b)

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455 Association Correlation does not mean causation –we all know But –Causation does mean correlation Need to show that two things are related –may be correlation –may be regression when controlling for third (or more) factor

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456 Relationship between price and sales –suppliers may be cunning –when people want it more stick the price up – So – no relationship between price and sales

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457 –Until (or course) we control for demand –b 1 (Price) = –b 2 (Demand) = 0.94 But which variables do we enter?

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458 Direction of Influence Relationship between A and B –three possible processes ABABAB C A causes B B causes A C causes A & B

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459 How do we establish the direction of influence? –Longitudinally? Storm Barometer Drops – Now if we could just get that barometer needle to stay where it is … Where the role of theory comes in (more on this later)

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460 Isolation Isolate the outcome from all other influences –as experimenters try to do Cannot do this –can statistically isolate the effect –using multiple regression

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461 Role of Theory Strong theory is crucial to making causal statements Fisher said: to make causal statements make your theories elaborate. –dont rely purely on statistical analysis Need strong theory to guide analyses –what critics of non-experimental research dont understand

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462 S.J. Gould – a critic –says correlate price of petrol and his age, for the last 10 years –find a correlation –Ha! (He says) that doesnt mean there is a causal link –Of course not! (We say). No social scientist would do that analysis without first thinking (very hard) about the possible causal relations between the variables of interest Would control for time, prices, etc …

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463 Atkinson, et al. (1996) –relationship between college grades and number of hours worked –negative correlation –Need to control for other variables – ability, intelligence Gould says Most correlations are non- causal (1982, p243) –Of course!!!!

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464 I drink a lot of beer 120 non-causal correlations 16 causal relations karaoke jokes (about statistics) children wake early bathroom headache sleeping equations (beermat) laugh thirsty fried breakfast no beer curry chips falling over lose keys curtains closed

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465 Abelson (1995) elaborates on this –method of signatures A collection of correlations relating to the process –the signature of the process e.g. tobacco smoking and lung cancer –can we account for all of these findings with any other theory?

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466 1.The longer a person has smoked cigarettes, the greater the risk of cancer. 2.The more cigarettes a person smokes over a given time period, the greater the risk of cancer. 3.People who stop smoking have lower cancer rates than do those who keep smoking. 4.Smokers cancers tend to occur in the lungs, and be of a particular type. 5.Smokers have elevated rates of other diseases. 6.People who smoke cigars or pipes, and do not usually inhale, have abnormally high rates of lip cancer. 7.Smokers of filter-tipped cigarettes have lower cancer rates than other cigarette smokers. 8.Non-smokers who live with smokers have elevated cancer rates. (Abelson, 1995: )

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467 –In addition, should be no anomalous correlations If smokers had more fallen arches than non- smokers, not consistent with theory Failure to use theory to select appropriate variables –specification error –e.g. in previous example –Predict wealth from price and sales increase price, price increases Increase sales, price increases

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468 Sometimes these are indicators of the process, not the process itself –e.g. barometer – stopping the needle wont help –e.g. inflation? Indicator or cause of economic health?

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469 No Causation without Experimentation Blatantly untrue –I dont doubt that the sun shining makes us warm Why the aversion? –Pearl (2000) says problem is that there is no mathematical operator (e.g. =) –No one realised that you needed one –Until you build a robot

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470 AI and Causality A robot needs to make judgements about causality Needs to have a mathematical representation of causality –Suddenly, a problem! –Doesnt exist Most operators are non-directional Causality is directional

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472 Introduction Social scientists dont worry enough about the sample size required –Why didnt you get a significant result? –I didnt have a large enough sample Not a common answer, but very common reason More recently awareness of sample size is increasing –use too few – no point doing the research –use too many – waste their time

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473 Research funding bodies Ethical review panels –both become more interested in sample size calculations We will look at two approaches –Rules of thumb (quite quickly) –Power Analysis (more slowly)

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474 Rules of Thumb Lots of simple rules of thumb exist –10 cases per IV –and at least 100 cases –Green (1991) more sophisticated To test significance of R 2 – N = k To test significance of slopes, N = k Rules of thumb dont take into account all the information that we have –Power analysis does

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475 Power Analysis Introducing Power Analysis Hypothesis test –tells us the probability of a result of that magnitude occurring, if the null hypothesis is correct (i.e. there is no effect in the population) Doesnt tell us –the probability of that result, if the null hypothesis is false (i.e., there actually is an effect in the population)

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476 According to Cohen (1982) all null hypotheses are false –everything that might have an effect, does have an effect it is just that the effect is often very tiny

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477 Type I Errors Type I error is false rejection of H 0 Probability of making a type I error – – the significance value cut-off usually 0.05 (by convention) Always this value Not affected by –sample size –type of test

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478 Type II errors Type II error is false acceptance of the null hypothesis –Much, much trickier We think we have some idea –we almost certainly dont Example –I do an experiment (random sampling, all assumptions perfectly satisfied) –I find p = 0.05

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479 –You repeat the experiment exactly different random sample from same population –What is probability you will find p < 0.05? –Answer: 0.5 –Another experiment, I find p = 0.01 –Probability you find p < 0.05? –Answer: 0.79 Very hard to work out –not intuitive –need to understand non-central sampling distributions (more in a minute)

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480 Probability of type II error = beta ( ) –same as population regression parameter (to be confusing) Power = 1 – Beta –Probability of getting a significant result (given that there is a significant result to be found)

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481 Type I error p = Type II error p = power = 1 - H 0 true (we find no effect – p > 0.05) H 0 false (we find an effect – p < 0.05) Research Findings H 0 false (effect to be found) H 0 True (no effect to be found) State of the World

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482 Four parameters in power analysis – – prob. of Type I error – – prob. of Type II error (power = 1 – ) –Effect size – size of effect in population –N Know any three, can calculate the fourth –Look at them one at a time

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483 Probability of Type I error –Usually set to 0.05 –Somewhat arbitrary sometimes adjusted because of circumstances –rarely because of power analysis –May want to adjust it, based on power analysis

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484 – Probability of type II error –Power (probability of finding a result) = 1 – –Standard is 80% Some argue for 90% –Implication that Type I error is 4 times more serious than type II error adjust ratio with compromise power analysis

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485 Effect size in the population –Most problematic to determine –Three ways 1.What effect size would be useful to find? R 2 = no use (probably) 2.Base it on previous research –what have other people found? 3.Use Cohens conventions –small R 2 = 0.02 –medium R 2 = 0.13 –large R 2 = 0.26

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488 N – the sample size –usually use other three parameters to determine this –sometimes adjust other parameters ( ) based on this –e.g. You can have 50 participants. No more.

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489 Doing power analysis With power analysis program –SamplePower, Gpower (free), Nquery –With Stata command sampsi Which I find very confusing But well use it anyway

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496 Extra Reading Power traditionally focuses on p values –What about CIs? –Paper B8 – Obtaining regression coefficients that are accurate, not simply significant

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499 Collinearity as Issue and Assumption Collinearity (multicollinearity) –the extent to which the predictors are (multiply) correlated If R 2 for any IV, using other IVs = 1.00 –perfect collinearity –variable is linear sum of other variables –regression will not proceed –(SPSS will arbitrarily throw out a variable)

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501 Meaning of Collinearity Literally co-linearity –lying along the same line Perfect collinearity –when some IVs predict another –Total = S1 + S2 + S3 + S4 –S1 = Total – (S2 + S3 + S4) –rare

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504 Sex differences –due to genetics? –due to upbringing? –(almost) perfect collinearity statistically impossible to tell

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506 Detecting Collinearity Look at the parameter estimates –large standardised parameter estimates (>0.3?), which are not significant be suspicious Run a series of regressions –each IV as outcome –all other IVs as IVs for each IV

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507 Sounds like hard work? –SPSS does it for us! Ask for collinearity diagnostics –Tolerance – calculated for every IV –Variance Inflation Factor sq. root of amount s.e. has been increased

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508 Actions What you can do about collinearity no quick fix (Fox, 1991) 1.Get new data avoids the problem address the question in a different way e.g. find people who have been raised as the wrong gender exist, but rare Not a very useful suggestion

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509 2.Collect more data not different data, more data collinearity increases standard error (se) se decreases as N increases get a bigger N 3.Remove / Combine variables If an IV correlates highly with other IVs Not telling us much new If you have two (or more) IVs which are very similar e.g. 2 measures of depression, socio- economic status, achievement, etc

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510 sum them, average them, remove one Many measures use principal components analysis to reduce them 3.Use stepwise regression (or some flavour of) See previous comments Can be useful in theoretical vacuum 4.Ridge regression not very useful behaves weirdly

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513 What is Measurement Error In social science, it is unlikely that we measure any variable perfectly –measurement error represents this imperfection We assume that we have a true score – T A measure of that score –x

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514 just like a regression equation –standardise the parameters –T is the reliability the amount of variance in x which comes from T but, like a regression equation –assume that e is random and has mean of zero –more on that later

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515 Simple Effects of Measurement Error Lowers the measured correlation –between two variables Real correlation –true scores ( x * and y *) Measured correlation –measured scores ( x and y )

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519 Complex Effects of Measurement Error Really horribly complex Measurement error reduces correlations –reduces estimate of –reducing one estimate increases others –because of effects of control –combined with effects of suppressor variables –exercise to examine this

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520 Dealing with Measurement Error Attenuation correction –very dangerous –not recommended Avoid in the first place –use reliable measures –dont discard information dont categorise Age: 10-20, 21-30, …

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521 Complications Assume measurement error is –additive –linear Additive –e.g. weight – people may under-report / over- report at the extremes Linear –particularly the case when using proxy variables

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525 Introduction Non-linear effect occurs –when the effect of one predictor –is not consistent across the range of the IV Assumption is violated –expected value of residuals = 0 –no longer the case

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533 Bending the Line Non-linear regression is hard –We cheat, and linearise the data Do linear regression Transformations We need to transform the data –rather than estimating a curved line which would be very difficult may not work with OLS –we can take a straight line, and bend it –or take a curved line, and straighten it back to linear (OLS) regression

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539 To estimate a non-linear regression –we dont actually estimate anything non- linear –we transform the x -variable to a non-linear version –can estimate that straight line –represents the curve –we dont bend the line, we stretch the space around the line, and make it flat

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551 Education and Salary Linear Regression Saw previously that the assumption of expected errors = 0 was violated Anyway … –R 2 = 0.401, p < –salbegin = educ –Standardised b 1 (educ) = –Both parameters make sense