We are working on a project where the aim is to find the probability to respond to a particular ad campaign. We have a categorical dependent variable having 5 categories i.e. 4 ad campaigns which are not intrinsically ordered and a fifth which is Non response towards any of the ads. We run a model in SAS with various independent variables.
Here we are facing with certain issues
1) There is a bias towards the Non response of the campaign (We tried to reduce the bias by adding weights in our model).
There are some categories which are insignificant. For example in IV1 we have categories AD1, AD2,AD4 insignificant should we be dropping the variable altogether from our analysis since some of the categories are insignificant. If not kindly suggest appropriate method to follow.
I request you to please provide us with some insights.
This forum is geared toward Mplus not other statistical programs. It would be necessary to know a lot more about your research to give you suggestions and Mplus Discussion is not able to help to that extent.
Sara May posted on Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 5:39 pm
I am running a multinomial logistic regression in Mplus. Could you please help me with the following information:
1) One of the predictor variables is ordinal. If I define this variable as ordered categorical in Mplus, how does Mplus handle this level of measurement when estimating the regression model? Would the variable be treated as if it had interval level of measurement? Or, should it be better represented by a set of dummy variables (as is typical in other software).
2) Is it possible to run a hierarchical regression model in Mplus? I.e., add one set of predictor variables in step 1 and another set of variables subsequently. If so, what coefficients does Mplus provide to estimate the improvement in model fit? I wasn't able to find indexes that are typically included in other software (e.g., Pseudo R^2). Could you please recommend papers that have used multinomial logistic regression in Mplus?
2) Mplus does multilevel models ("hierarchical regression") but I presume that's not what you're looking for. Testing model fit in a step-wise fashion can be done through likelihood ratio testing. As for references, LCA/LCGA/GMM models with predictors will include a multinomial regression component. Just have a look under "Papers" on the Statmodel website.
1) In regression, covariates can be binary or continuous. In both cases, they are treated as continuous. You can leave the ordinal variable as it is or create a set of dummy variables. The CATEGORICAL option is for dependent variables.
I've got quite a simple multinomial logistic regression model (like example 3.6 in the User's Guide).
My nominal variable has three unordered categories, however, and I understand that the last category is taken as the reference group. Thus, I'got odds ratios for group 1 vs. group 3 and group 2 vs. group 3. But what about testing group 1 vs. group 2? Do I have to run seperate logistic regressions with dummy-coded outcomes to test each group agains each other? Or is there a way to calculate odds ratios for group 1 vs. group 2 from the results of my multinomial RA?
I have two questions regarding multinomial regression (they are very similar to the questions raised in this thread before, however, I did not find an answer so far):
1. Mplus output of example 3.6 shows the estimates and the odds for Kat#1 vs Kat#3 and Kat#2 vs Kat#3 (the nominal dependent variable has three unordered categories). However, is there a way to receive the values for Kat#1 vs Kat#2?
2. Does Mplus provide a (pseudo) R-square for the nominal dependent variable (like Nagelkerke or McFadden or Cox&Snell)? The output of example 3.6 does not show a R-square. Is there a way for Mplus to calculate it?
1. Class 3 is the reference category. You would need to change the reference category using the DEFINE command to make category two the last category.
Yijie Wang posted on Monday, October 24, 2011 - 9:19 am
Hi Dr. Muthen,
I'm conducting a multinomial logistic regression in a nested data. My syntax is as follows:
usevariables are c_rlow prstrand; nominal is c_rlow; cluster is feeder;
MODEL: c_rlow on prstrand;
OUTPUT: standardized CINTERVAL ;
Strangely, in the STDYX results, all the coefficients are either 1 or -1, with p-value as 999.00. I know that I should look at the unstandardized results. But this strange output in STDYX makes me wonder if my model is running correctly. Would you please help me with this issue? Thank you very much!
I am a little bit confused with the proper standardization. I have a nominal DV and binary and continuous covariates, so I should use raw estimates or the STDY standardization for covariates if I understand correctly previous conversation. However, is it correct to have STDY standardization for all covariates including both binary and continuous covariates? I mean that if I needed to have a table with standardized coefficients, is it proper to have STDY standardization for all my covariates? Are the coefficients of binary and continuous covariates with STDY standardization comparable with each others?
Thank you for your help, it is greatly appreciated. I have one further question. When I divided the coefficient for the significant binary x with its respective standard deviation I got a bigger value than the standardized coefficients of the significant continuous x:s. Is it correctly interpreted that this binary x has a greater effect than the continuous x:s on the DV?
Dear Drs. Muthťn, I am currently running a model in which a multinomial variable (3 categories) needs to function as an outcome variable and a predictor variable. However, it appears that Mplus is unable to use a nominal variable as a predictor variable (without dummy coding the variable). I am wondering if you have any ideas about how to approach this model.
Iíve used two approaches to attempt to model it. In the first, I used the nominal version of the variable as a dependent variable and a dummy coded version of the variable (2 dummy coded variables) as the predictor within the same model, but I donít think this is appropriate in a structural equation modeling context.
In the second approach, Iíve split the model in two, with the first model predicting the nominal outcome variable and the second model starting with the dummy coded variables as predictors.
However, I would prefer to be able to run this as a single model. Is there any way to do so? I would greatly appreciate any suggestions.