Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 16:58:21 +0200
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From: "nanie.payet" <nanie.payet@LAPOSTE.NET>
Subject: Re: proc MIXED and non normal data
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I want to explain a score, which represents cumulated medical costs per patient (right skewed), with the treatment recieved and the length of stay in intensive care units.
I used proc mixed because I wanted to take into account the fact that patients are clustered into intensive care units.
thanks for your help
> >>> Payet Stéphanie 6/22/2005 10:18:55 AM >>> wrote
> Hello all !
> I have fitted a random effect model with proc mixed, but the dependant
> variable isn't normaly distributed. Can I trust the results ? Are there
> other solutions ?
> For example, for the model fitted on the non normal variable, the
> treatment fixed effect isn't significant. But, if I fitt the model on the
> log-transformed variable (which can be considered as normal) the treatment has now an effect. Is it legitimate to use log-transformed data to solve the problem of normality ?
> Please write back to the list (not just to me) and provide some context.....solving statistical problems without knowing the context is like boxing while blindfolded - you might hit the target, or you might break your hand.
> What is your DV? What are your IVs? Why would you log-transform the DV? Did you do any diagnostics? Why PROC MIXED (as opposed to GLM or whatever)
> In general, you could see the help for PROC MIXED, where it says that PROC MIXED assumes that the data are normally distributed;
> and, in general again, when one needs the functionality of PROC MIXED but has nonnormality, one wants to use PROC NLMIXED.
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