[R] modelling probabilities instead of binary data with logisticregression

ONKELINX, Thierry Thierry.ONKELINX at inbo.be
Wed Mar 25 10:32:38 CET 2009

Hi Joris,

glm() handles proportions but will give you a warning (and not an error)
about non-integer values. So if you get an error then there should be
something wrong with the syntax, model or data. Can you provide us with
a reproducible example?



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Onderwerp: [R] modelling probabilities instead of binary data with

Dear all,

I have a dataset where I reduced the dimensionality, and now I have a
response variable with probabilities/proportions between 0 and 1. I
to do a logistic regression on those, but the function glm refuses to do
that with non-integer values in the response. I also tried lrm, but that
interpretes the probabilities as different levels and gives for every
a different intercept. Not exactly what I want...

Is there a way to specify that the response variable should be
as a probability?

Kind regards

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