[R] [Not R question]: Better fit for order probit model

Robert A LaBudde ral at lcfltd.com
Sun Jun 17 22:12:43 CEST 2007

At 01:29 PM 6/17/2007, adschai wrote:
>Thank you so much Robert. Please find the information below.
>The scale 1-10 are subjective physical condition ratings scored by 
>inspection engineers at the site. 1-5 are in very bad conditions 
>(bridge close down to seriously deteriorated). The rest from 6-10 
>are categorized as good condition.However, the proportion of samples 
>in my data are as follows. Bridges with 1-5 scale covers about 2-3% 
>of total population. The majority of the bridges are in 7-8. 
>Certainly, I have enough data for model estimation but the mix of 
>the proportion is good. I attached the detail of condition rating 
>scale at the end of this message.

My guess is that you really have two distributions here: 1) Bridges 
that are basically under proper supervision and repair (Categories 
6-10), and those that are not Categories 1-5). These two classes 
would probably have dramatically different relations to the 
covariates your are using.

So my recommendation would be to consider splitting your response 
into two classes (0/1), each with 5 sub categories.

Keeping the two classes merged together in a single group is 
equivalent to merging two different distributions with a weighting 
factor. This may be causing a bimodal distribution which is giving 
you problems.

You could try your modeling on each of the two classes separately 
before continuing with your full dataset modeling. You may learn 
something useful to help you with your problems.

For the full model, you would need to include a full set of 
interaction terms with "class".
Robert A. LaBudde, PhD, PAS, Dpl. ACAFS  e-mail: ral at lcfltd.com
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