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Multilevel and Longitudinal Modeling Using Stata, Second Edition


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Linear Variance-Components Models
How reliable are expiratory flow measurements?
The variance-components model
Modeling the Mini Wright measurements
Estimation methods
Assigning values to the random intercepts
Linear Random-Intercept Models
Are tax preparers useful?
The longitudinal data structure
Panel data and correlated residuals
The random-intercept model
Different kinds of effects in panel models
Endogeneity and between-taxpayer effects
Residual diagnostics
Linear Random-Coefficient and Growth-Curve Models
How effective are different schools?
Separate linear regressions for each school
The random-coefficient model
How do children grow?
Growth-curve modeling
Two-stage model formulation
Prediction of trajectories for individual children
Complex level-1 variation or heteroskedasticity
Dichotomous or Binary Responses
Models for dichotomous responses
Which treatment is best for toenail infection?
The longitudinal data structure
Population-averaged or marginal probabilities
Random-intercept logistic regression
Subject-specific vs. population-averaged relationships
Maximum likelihood estimation using adaptive quadrature
Empirical Bayes (EB) predictions
Other approaches to clustered dichotomous data
Ordinal Responses
Cumulative models for ordinal responses
Are antipsychotic drugs effective for patients with schizophrenia?
Longitudinal data structure and graphs
A proportional-odds model
A random-intercept proportional-odds model
A random-coefficient proportional-odds model
Marginal and patient-specific probabilities
Do experts differ in their grading of student essays?
A random-intercept model with grader bias
Including grader-specific measurement error variances
Including grader-specific thresholds
Types of counts
Poisson model for counts
Did the German health-care reform reduce the number of doctor visits?
Longitudinal data structure
Poisson regression ignoring overdispersion and clustering
Poisson regression with overdispersion but ignoring clustering
Random-intercept Poisson regression
Random-coefficient Poisson regression
Other approaches to clustered counts
Which Scottish countries have a high risk of lip cancer?
Standardized mortality ratios
Random-intercept Poisson regression
Nonparametric maximum likelihood estimation
Higher Level Models and Nested Random Effects
Which method is best for measuring expiratory flow?
Two-level variance-components models
Three-level variance-components models
Did the Guatemalan immunization campaign work?
A three-level logistic random-intercept model
Crossed Random Effects
How does investment depend on expected profit and capital stock?
A two-way error-components model
How much do primary and secondary schools affect attainment at age 16?
An additive crossed random-effects model
Including a random interaction
A trick requiring fewer random effects
Appendix A: Syntax for gllamm, eq, and gllapred
Appendix B: Syntax for gllamm
Appendix C: Syntax for gllapred
Appendix D: Syntax for gllasim
A Summary, Further Reading, and Exercises appear at the end of each chapter.


"... a considerably expanded version, nearly double the size of the original. Much of the added material serves to delineate more clearly between statistics and software. ... throughout the book, separate sections and subsections entitled "Estimation with Stata" help to separate the discussion of the models from the discussion of the fitting of the models using Stata. This improves the readability of the book and opens it up to a potentially broader audience."
-Biometrics, December 2008

"... I will replace my first edition with this one and keep it ... on my shelf as a reference. I also envision using it as a primary text for a longitudinal regression models course at the advanced undergraduate or master's level. Finally, I can imagine using it as a tutorial in regression modeling using Stata and using it as an accessible introduction to more advanced methods. The authors have provided a well-rounded and complete approach to model-fitting and interpretation of an important family of models. Once again, they are to be commended for helping foster the appropriate use of these regression models."
-The Stata Journal, 2008

Praise for the First Edition
"All too often computer manuals leave off ... important aspects of an analysis, but the authors have been careful to provide a well-rounded and complete approach to model fitting and interpretation."
-American Statistician, August 2006

"This is a useful reference source for researchers involved with multilevel modeling. It gives a fairly comprehensive treatment of methods for analysis of multilevel data, with a particular focus on random effects models. Rabe-Hesketh and Skrondal's work would also be quite helpful as an adjunct text for courses on multilevel modeling. It could serve as a stand-alone text for courses that focus on applications and implementation of the methods... . One of the appealing features of the book is the use of interesting data sets throughout to illustrate the application of the methods. In addition to the data sets used in the text, many more data sets form the bases of interesting exercises provided after each chapter. All of the data sets can be freely downloaded from a website provided by the authors. Another useful feature is the detailed Stata commands for all the results presented, which will allow the reader to easily conduct the analyses on their own data sets. A strength of the book is the clear and detailed explanations of how to interpret all the models presented; the graphical depictions of the models are particularly helpful in this regard. ..."
-Brian Leroux (University of Washington), Statistics in Medicine, July 2008

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