Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:52:01 -0700
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From: Bruce Weaver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Interpretation of parameters in loglinear models
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I would work out fitted values of Y for various interesting combinations of
the interacting variables, and plot them to display visually the nature of
the interaction. This is usually much easier than trying to interpret
coefficients for product terms. (Although interpretation of those
coefficients becomes a lot easier when you're looking at such a plot, I
> I am trouble using the parameter estimates table to interpret the effects
> in my loglinear model-
> Previously I have done crosstabs to examine 2-way terms in my models but
> now I have one variable which is a continous covariate (forearm) so now I
> am looking at the parameter estimates to interpret the terms that include
> my covariate: posture*forearm and diam*no.of.sup*forearm.
> I know that SPSS takes the last category in the variable as a baseline and
> therefore does not provide parameter estimates for them. Within my
> variables there are no clear base-line categories, I really need to get
> values for all of the category combinations in order to fully interpret
> the terms in the model but I do not know how to work these out. For the
> 3-way relationship it is even more difficult because it only provides
> parameter estimates for 1 of the 4 combinations.
> Does anyone know how to work out the values that have been set to zero? Or
> is there a better way to interpret interaction terms that involve a
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