# 1 MRes Wednesday 11 th March 2009 Logistic regression.

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1 MRes Wednesday 11 th March 2009 Logistic regression

2 Programme A short talk. Break for coffee. A short class exercise.

3 Background Logistic regression is a special kind of regression designed for a specific type of situation. To understand it, you must be clear about some fundamentals of ORDINARY LEAST SQUARES (OLS) regression. Ill review those first, before I talk about logistic regression itself.

4 A study In a study of the effects of media violence, children were measured on their Actual violence and their Exposure to screen violence. Here is a scatterplot of Actual violence against Exposure.

5 The scatterplot Each point in the plot represents one child. The coordinates are the childs scores on Exposure to and Actual violence. A statistical ASSOCIATION between Exposure to and Actual violence is evident from the elliptical shape of the cloud of points.

6 Regression Regression is a set of statistical techniques enabling the researcher to exploit an association among variables to PREDICT the values of one variable from those of others.

7 Some key terms The variable we are trying to predict or account for is the CRITERION, TARGET or DEPENDENT VARIABLE (DV). The predictors are the INDEPENDENT VARIABLES (IVs) or REGRESSORS. In our current example, the DV is Actual violence and the IV is Exposure to screen violence.

8 The REGRESSION LINE is drawn through the points.

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10 The regression line

11 Filling in the values

12 Interpretation of slope or regression coefficient The slope is the average number of units change in the DV that result from a change of one unit on the IV. In our example, slope =.74. So, an increase of one unit of Exposure produces, on average, an increase of.74 in Actual violence.

13 The best-fitting line The regression line of Actual violence upon Exposure is the uniquely best-fitting line according to what is known as the LEAST SQUARES criterion.

14 Residuals John scored 9 on Exposure and 8 on Actual. Johns predicted score from regression ŷ is the point on the line above the value 9 on the x-axis. The error in prediction is (y - ŷ ), a quantity known as the RESIDUAL score e. Johns residual score is shown.

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16 Least squares criterion of goodness-of-fit The sum of the squares of the residuals (lower formula) is a minimum. There is a mathematical solution to the problem of finding values for the slope and the constant that meet the criterion.

17 Ordinary least-squares (OLS) regression This approach to regression is known as ORDINARY LEAST SQUARES (OLS) regression. There are other kinds of regression (such as LOGISTIC REGRESSION, todays topic) that do not work in this way.

18 Regression and correlation Regression and correlation are two sides of the same associative coin. The stronger the association, the narrower will be the elliptical scatterplot, the higher will be the value of the correlation coefficient and the smaller will be the residuals from regression. THE CORRELATION AND THE REGRESSION COEFFICIENT ALWAYS HAVE THE SAME SIGN. For fixed values of the variances of x and y, the greater the value of r, the steeper will be the slope of the regression line, i.e., the greater will be the value of b 1. The slope of the regression line b 1 and r are related according to …

19 Relation between the regression coefficient and the correlation coefficient

20 The coefficient of determination (r 2 ) The square of the Pearson correlation is known as the COEFFICIENT OF DETERMINATION. It is so-called because r 2 is the proportion of the variance of y that is accounted for by regression upon x.

21 Coefficient of determination

22 Prediction without regression Suppose you know nothing of the association between x and y. But you are told that the mean of the target variable y has a certain value M y. You are asked to predict values of y for various values of x. It can be shown that your best strategy is to guess the value of M y, irrespective of the value of x. This is termed INTERCEPT- ONLY prediction.

23 A baseline model In multiple regression and several other related techniques, the first step is to formulate a baseline model, which takes no account of any association among the variables. The baseline model is the equivalent of guessing the mean every time. This is Step 0 in several SPSS regression and modelling routines. Step 0 provides a comparison or baseline for the evaluation of later models that include one or more of the IVs.

24 Two or more IVs: multiple regression We could try to predict a persons actual violence not only from exposure to screen violence, but also from additional variables, such as number of years of education and other characteristics of the parents. We should then have to determine the relative importance of the various IVs and whether we needed to include all of them in the regression model. These are problems in MULTIPLE REGRESSION.

25 Multiple regression

26 Partial regression coefficients In multiple regression, a PARTIAL REGRESSION COEFFICIENT is the estimated average change in the DV resulting from an increase of one unit in one particular IV with ALL THE OTHER IVs HELD CONSTANT.

27 The multiple correlation coefficient R The MULTIPLE CORRELATION COEFFICIENT (R) is the correlation between the target variable y and the corresponding predictions of y from regression ŷ. R can never take a negative value.

28 Coefficient of determination in multiple regression In multiple regression, the COEFFICIENT OF DETERMINATION is the square of the multiple correlation coefficient.

29 The case of one IV The multiple correlation coefficient is defined even in simple regression, where there is only one IV. Here, remembering that R can never be negative, it takes the ABSOLUTE VALUE of the Pearson correlation between x and y, even when r has a negative value. So in SPSS, R is included in the output for simple regression.

30 The coefficient of multiple determination R 2 In multiple regression, the coefficient of determination, the proportion of variance of the target variable y that is accounted for by regression, is R 2, the square of the multiple correlation coefficient.

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32 What if the DV is a set of categories? Simple and multiple OLS regression assume that the DV and IVs consist of measures on an independent scale with units. The term CONTINUOUS VARIABLE is used for this sort of DV. But suppose we want to predict whether a person will suffer from a heart attack or contract a certain illness with known risk factors. Here, we are predicting not a VALUE, but CATEGORY MEMBERSHIP.

33 Regression with a categorical DV The two most commonly used techniques are: 1.Logistic regression 2.Discriminant analysis

34 Discriminant analysis If all (or most) IVs are continuous, you might consider using DISCRIMINANT ANALYSIS (DA). But the DA model makes assumptions about the distributions of the IVs (such as multivariate normality) which data sets often fail to satisfy. Moreover, DA doesnt like qualitative IVs, such as sex or nationality.

35 Logistic regression Logistic regression makes fewer assumptions than does discriminant analysis. Logistic regression, moreover, is happy with qualitative IVs; in fact, logistic regression is happy even if ALL the IVs are qualitative.

36 A research question It is suspected that smoking and drinking are risk factors in the incidence of a pre- morbid blood condition, characterised by the presence of an antibody. Records of the incidence of the condition in 100 patients are available, together with estimates of the amount they smoke and drink.

37 The data

38 Lets find out how many of the patients have the condition.

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41 Forty-four patients have the condition

42 The regression model assumes … Either you have the disease or you dont. As smoking and alcohol increase, however, we assume that the probability of developing the condition increases CONTINUOUSLY as a function of the IVs. In logistic regression, we estimate the probability of the condition with the LOGISTIC REGRESSION FUNCTION If the estimated probability exceeds a cut-off (usually 0.5), the case is classified by the program as a Yes, rather than a No.

43 A logistic regression function

44 Logistic regression function

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46 The odds In an EXPERIMENT OF CHANCE (tossing a coin, rolling a die) the ODDS in favour of an event is the number of ways in which the event could occur, divided by the number of ways in which it could fail to occur. If a die is rolled, there is one way of getting a six and there are five ways of not getting a six. The odds in favour of a six are 1/6.

47 Odds in favour of antibody Suppose we know that out of 100 people, 44 have a certain antibody in their blood. We select a person at random from this group. There are 44 ways of selecting a person with the antibody; and 56 ways of selecting someone without it. The ODDS in favour of the person having the antibody are 44 to 56 or 44/56.

48 The log odds (logit) The odds measure suffers from ASYMMETRY OF RANGE. Unlikely events have odds between 0 and 1; likely events can have huge odds. The LOG ODDS (LOGIT) is the natural logarithm (log to the base e) of the odds. Logit = ln(odds) = log e (odds).

49 When the logit is zero Suppose the odds were 50 to 50 (50/50 =1). Since the log of 1 is zero (e 0 = 1), a logit of zero means that the odds for are equal to the odds against.

50 Range of the logit The logit has a symmetrical range: a positive sign means the odds are in favour; a negative sign means the odds are against. The logit has no upper or lower limit: it has an unlimited range of values.

51 Example The odds in favour of a case having the antibody are 44/56 = 11/14. Logit = ln(11/14) = –.24 The event is less likely than not, hence the negative sign. If the odds in favour were 56/44, the logit would be ln(56/44) = +.24. Notice the symmetry of the scale of magnitude around the neutral point at 1.

52 Probability A probability is a measure of likelihood ranging from 0 (an impossibility) to 1 (a certainty). The classical definition of probability, like that of the odds, also arises in the context of an experiment of chance. The probability p of an event is the number of ways it can happen divided by the TOTAL number of outcomes. The probability of a six when a die is rolled is 1/6.

53 Relationship between the probability and the odds A probability and the odds are both measures of likelihood. They are related according to the equation on the left.

54 Logs and antilogs

55 The antilog function

57 Odds as antilogs A number such as the odds can be written as an ANTILOG, that is, the base e to the power of the natural log of the odds (the logit):

58 The logistic regression function revisited

59 Logistic regression function

60 The logit The logit is assumed to be a linear function Z of the independent variables.

61 Interpretation of a logistic regression coefficient The partial regression coefficient is the increase in the LOG ODDS or LOGIT arising from an increase of one unit in the independent variable. The log of a product is the SUM of the logs. So the antilog of the partial regression coefficient is the factor by which the original odds must be MULTIPLIED to give the new odds when the IV increases by a unit.

62 Change in the odds

63 Example Suppose that for Smoking, b = 1.1. An increase of one smoking unit (eg 10 cigarettes) increases the logit (the log odds) by 1.1. So the original odds are MULTIPLIED by

64 Summary In terms of the ODDS, an increase of one unit in the IV MULTIPLIES the original odds by the ANTILOG of b, that is, by e b, or exp(b). Exp(1.1) = 3.0 So an increase of one smoking unit results in the odds being MULTIPLIED by 3, that is, the event is THREE times as likely to happen.

65 The problem In the logit equation, we must find values of the constant and partial regression coefficients such that correct assignment to categories is maximised.

66 No mathematical solution In logistic regression, there is no equivalent of the formulae for the intercept and coefficients in OLS regression. A brute force computing algorithm is used whereby, starting at arbitrary values of the coefficients, the values are progressively adjusted to try to arrive at a set which maximises the likelihood of obtaining the observed frequencies. In a process known as ITERATION, estimates of the parameters are calculated again and again in the hope that they will converge to stable values. IT DOESNT ALWAYS HAPPEN! We must therefore check that this convergence really has been achieved by examining the ITERATION HISTORY in the SPSS output.

67 Potential difficulties The algorithm will not run successfully if the IVs are too highly correlated. This is the familiar MULTICOLLINEARITY PROBLEM sometimes encountered in OLS regression.

68 Centring As with OLS multiple regression, it is a good idea to CENTRE variables, by subtracting the mean from each score. Centring leaves the correlations among the variables unchanged. This move makes the algorithm more robust to substantial correlations among the variables.

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70 Covariates In SPSS logistic regression dialogs, IVs that are continuous variables are known as COVARIATES.

71 Always ask for the ITERATION HISTORY, so that you can check whether the algorithm was able to arrive at a stable estimate.

72 Dire warning! Should the iteration history show failure to converge, the results of the analysis can be ridiculous! The effects of failure to converge are not limited to the IV concerned: they can mess up the whole analysis!

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75 Fitting a model The goodness-of-fit of a model is measured by a log likelihood chi-square statistic.

76 Step 0 in logistic regression We know that 44/100 people have the condition. Armed only with this fact, and with no knowledge of any associations there might be among the variables, we shall maximise our hit rate if we predict ABSENCE of the condition for ANY person selected at random. This, in logistic regression, is the equivalent of intercept-only (no-regression) prediction in OLS regression: you just guess M y, whatever the value of x.

77 Here is the logistic regression output for Step 0

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79 The Nagelkerke R 2 statistic The Nagelkerke statistic is the counterpart of the coefficient of determination R 2 in OLS multiple regression. It is a measure of the proportion of the total variation in incidence of the blood condition accounted for by regression.

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83 Hit rate using the regression model. This is obviously much better than the no-regression hit rate of 56%. A regression model is now applied.

84 The Wald statistic The WALD STATISTIC tests a regression coefficient for significance. The null hypothesis is that, in the population, the coefficient is zero. The Wald statistic is B 2 /SE 2 (not B/SE as Andy Field says on page 224 of his book) and is distributed approximately as chi- square.

85 This is the antilog of the coefficient of Smoking in the logit equation. Increasing Smoking by one unit MULTIPLIES the odds in favour of occurrence by about 10.

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89 Conclusion The incidence of the blood condition is indeed predictable from regression and raises the hit rate from 54% to 85%. Smoking contributes significantly to the model. Alcohol does not contribute significantly to the model.

90 The next step This session has been merely an introduction to the technique of logistic regression. The next step is to do some further reading.

91 Getting started Theres an elementary section on logistic regression in –Kinnear, P., & Gray, C. (2008). SPSS16 made simple. Hove: Psychology Press. Chapter 14. This is mainly a practical, get-started guide; but there is an outline of the rationale of the technique as well.

92 Sage paperbacks Menard, S. (2002). Applied logistic regression analysis (2 nd ed.). London: Sage. Jaccard, J. (2001). Interaction effects in logistic regression. London: Sage.

93 Tabachnik, B. G., & Fidell, L. S. (2007). Using multivariate statistics (5 th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Chapter 10. Field, A. (2005). Discovering statistics using SPSS for Windows: Advanced techniques for the beginner (2 nd ed.). London: Sage. Chapter 6.