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Topic: Discrepancy in estimating goodness of Poisson GLM
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Eric Goodwin

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Registered: 1/15/12
Re: Discrepancy in estimating goodness of Poisson GLM
Posted: Jan 18, 2012 8:17 PM
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OK, more progress!

I had originally expressed a doubt about one of my chisquared-based
tests, but I think I was suspecting the wrong one. The R function
pchisq() gives the probability of getting a value less than its first
argument, given the degrees of freedom specified in its second
argument. So to calculate the probability of getting a value greater
than that given, you subtract the output of pchisq() from 1.0

So, if I correct my likelihood ratio test, I get fantastic results for
each model I've built. Some better than others, but all better than
the null model. That's one discrepancy out of the way. On to figure
out the others.

The goodness of fit test, based on chisquared test of residual
deviance relative to degrees of freedom, is much better if I use a
gaussian family rather than poisson, on transformed count data. So
that's the other and last discrepancy out of they way!

Also, I'm less worried about the multiple tests issue now. The
pruning of the original ten to the offered four independent variables
(as mentioned in my second post), was in fact done by VIF (tolerance)
analysis, removing significantly collinear variables until acceptable
VIF (tolerance) scores remained. The other five offered were
rationally (expertly, subjectively) selected from a much larger list,
with no testing of their predictive power. So I'd hope that the
significance of relationships I'm finding can more be seen as more

Thankyou gentlemen for your guidance on this one. I'm sure there are
prickles left in my socks that could sting me on a warm day, but for
now I'm going to hang up my pencils and call it a day.


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