Stepwise Fitting of Logit Models With Categorical Predictors in the Analysis of Parole Outcomes: On the van Alstyne and Gottfredson Study

Camil Fuchs, John Flanagan

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Abstract

A stepwise procedure for fitting logit models with categorical predictors is present ed. The method provides for detecting nonrelevant predictor variables and collaps ing the table over them. The procedure is applied to data presented by van Alstyne and Gottfredson in a previous issue. We show that the previously reported dis crepancies between the models emerging from their construction and validation samples can be removed by collapsing the table over the nonrelevant variable age. The results emphasize the importance of properly screening the set of possible pre dictor variables and detecting the relevant ones. The method presented here can help the investigator in this task.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-279
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1980
Externally publishedYes

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