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Volume 18 Number 4: pp. 924-936



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gencrm: A new command for generalized continuation-ratio models

Shawn Bauldry
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
sbauldry@purdue.edu
Jun Xu
Ball State University
Muncie, IN
jxu@bsu.edu
Andrew S. Fullerton
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK
andrew.fullerton@okstate.edu
Abstract.  A continuation-ratio model represents a variant of an ordered regression model that is suited to modeling processes that unfold in stages, particularly those in which a return to a previous stage is not possible (for example, educational attainment, job promotion, or disease progression). The parameters for covariates in continuation-ratio models may be constrained to be equal, vary by a set of common factors (that is, proportionality constraints), or freely vary across stages. Currently, there are three community-contributed commands that fit continuation-ratio models. Each of these commands fits some subset of continuation-ratio models involving parameter constraints, but none of them offer complete coverage of the range of possibilities. The new gencrm command expands the options for continuation-ratio models to include the possibility for some of or all the covariates to be constrained to be equal, to freely vary, or to vary by a set of common factors across stages. gencrm relies on Stata's maximum likelihood routines for estimation and avoids reshaping the data. gencrm includes options for three link functions (logit, probit, and cloglog) and supports Stata's multiple-imputation suites of commands.
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