1st Edition

Generalized Linear Models for Categorical and Continuous Limited Dependent Variables

By Michael Smithson, Edgar C. Merkle Copyright 2014
    308 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    312 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    Generalized Linear Models for Categorical and Continuous Limited Dependent Variables is designed for graduate students and researchers in the behavioral, social, health, and medical sciences. It incorporates examples of truncated counts, censored continuous variables, and doubly bounded continuous variables, such as percentages.

    The book provides broad, but unified, coverage, and the authors integrate the concepts and ideas shared across models and types of data, especially regarding conceptual links between discrete and continuous limited dependent variables. The authors argue that these dependent variables are, if anything, more common throughout the human sciences than the kind that suit linear regression. They cover special cases or extensions of models, estimation methods, model diagnostics, and, of course, software. They also discuss bounded continuous variables, boundary-inflated models, and methods for modeling heteroscedasticity.

    Wherever possible, the authors have illustrated concepts, models, and techniques with real or realistic datasets and demonstrations in R and Stata, and each chapter includes several exercises at the end. The illustrations and exercises help readers build conceptual understanding and fluency in using these techniques. At several points the authors bring together material that has been previously scattered across the literature in journal articles, software package documentation files, and blogs. These features help students learn to choose the appropriate models for their purpose.

    Introduction and Overview. DISCRETE VARIABLES: Binary. Nominal Multi-Category. Ordinal-Categorical. Count Data. CONTINUOUS VARIABLES: Doubly Bounded. Censored and Truncated. EXTENSIONS: Multi-Level Models. Bayesian MCMC Estimation. Appendices. Web-Based Supplementary Materials.


    Michael Smithson, Edgar C. Merkle