[R] GLM Question

Peter Flom peterflomconsulting at mindspring.com
Thu Dec 3 19:27:09 CET 2009

Knut Krueger <rh at krueger-family.de> wrote
>I think this is more an general question to GLMs.
>The result was better in all prior GLMs when I admitted the non
>significant factors, but this is the first time that the result is worse
>than before. What could be the reason for that?
>The result:
>                 Estimate  Std. Error t value Pr(>|t|)
>(Intercept)    3.3670852  0.8978306   3.750 0.000445 ***
>data2          0.0002623  0.0001168   2.245 0.029024 *
>data3         -0.9742336  0.5032712  -1.936 0.058337 .
>data4          0.0628245  0.1503066   0.418 0.677686
>data5         -0.0438871  0.0740210  -0.593 0.555818
>data6$        -0.0012216  0.0187702  -0.065 0.948357
>if I test only or  lm() of course
>                Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>|t|)
>(Intercept)   2.473e+00  2.787e-01   8.876 2.86e-12 ***
>data2	      7.289e-05  7.485e-05   0.974    0.334

What do you mean by "better"?
Do you mean data2 was significant in one model and not the other?  How is this "better"?

The two models ask different questions, so, they get different answers.  

The first, more complex model, asks (re data2) what its relationship to data1 is, controlling for the other variables.  The second model asks for uncontrolled.

Hope this helps


Peter L. Flom, PhD
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