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Categorical Data Analysis E-Book

Alan Agresti

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Praise for the Second Edition "A must-have book for anyone expecting to do research and/orapplications in Categorical Data Analysis." --Statistics in Medicine "It is a total delight reading this book." --Pharmaceutical Research "If you do any analysis of categorical data, this is anessential desktop reference." --Technometrics The use of statistical methods for analyzing categorical datahas increased dramatically, particularly in the biomedical, socialsciences, and financial industries. Responding to new developments,this book offers a comprehensive treatment of the most importantmethods for Categorical Data Analysis. Categorical Data Analysis, Third Edition summarizes thelatest methods for univariate and correlated multivariatecategorical responses. Readers will find a unified generalizedlinear models approach that connects logistic regression andPoisson and negative binomial loglinear models for discrete datawith normal regression for continuous data. This edition alsofeatures: * An emphasis on logistic and probit regression methods forbinary, ordinal, and nominal responses for independent observationsand for clustered data with marginal models and random effectsmodels * Two new chapters on alternative methods for binary responsedata, including smoothing and regularization methods,classification methods such as linear discriminant analysis andclassification trees, and cluster analysis * New sections introducing the Bayesian approach for methods inthat chapter * More than 100 analyses of data sets and over 600 exercises * Notes at the end of each chapter that provide references torecent research and topics not covered in the text, linked to abibliography of more than 1,200 sources * A supplementary website showing how to use R and SAS; for allexamples in the text, with information also about SPSS and Stataand with exercise solutions Categorical Data Analysis, Third Edition is an invaluabletool for statisticians and methodologists, such as biostatisticiansand researchers in the social and behavioral sciences, medicine andpublic health, marketing, education, finance, biological andagricultural sciences, and industrial quality control.

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Chapter 1: Introduction: Distributions and Inference for Categorical Data

1.1 Categorical Response Data

1.2 Distributions for Categorical Data

1.3 Statistical Inference for Categorical Data

1.4 Statistical Inference for Binomial Parameters

1.5 Statistical Inference for Multinomial Parameters

1.6 Bayesian Inference for Binomial and Multinomial Parameters



Chapter 2: Describing Contingency Tables

2.1 Probability Structure for Contingency Tables

2.2 Comparing Two Proportions

2.3 Conditional Association in Stratified 2 × 2 Tables

2.4 Measuring Association in I × J Tables



Chapter 3: Inference for Two-Way Contingency Tables

3.1 Confidence Intervals for Association Parameters

3.2 Testing Independence in Two-way Contingency Tables

3.3 Following-up Chi-Squared Tests

3.4 Two-Way Tables with Ordered Classifications

3.5 Small-Sample Inference for Contingency Tables

3.6 Bayesian Inference for Two-way Contingency Tables

3.7 Extensions for Multiway Tables and Nontabulated Responses



Chapter 4: Introduction to Generalized Linear Models

4.1 The Generalized Linear Model

4.2 Generalized Linear Models for Binary Data

4.3 Generalized Linear Models for Counts and Rates

4.4 Moments and Likelihood for Generalized Linear Models

4.5 Inference and Model Checking for Generalized Linear Models

4.6 Fitting Generalized Linear Models

4.7 Quasi-Likelihood and Generalized Linear Models



Chapter 5: Logistic Regression

5.1 Interpreting Parameters in Logistic Regression

5.2 Inference for Logistic Regression

5.3 Logistic Models with Categorical Predictors

5.4 Multiple Logistic Regression

5.5 Fitting Logistic Regression Models



Chapter 6: Building, Checking, and Applying Logistic Regression Models

6.1 Strategies in Model Selection

6.2 Logistic Regression Diagnostics

6.3 Summarizing the Predictive Power of a Model

6.4 Mantel–Haenszel and Related Methods for Multiple 2 × 2 Tables

6.5 Detecting and Dealing with Infinite Estimates

6.6 Sample Size and Power Considerations



Chapter 7: Alternative Modeling of Binary Response Data

7.1 Probit and Complementary Log–log Models

7.2 Bayesian Inference for Binary Regression

7.3 Conditional Logistic Regression

7.4 Smoothing: Kernels, Penalized Likelihood, Generalized Additive Models

7.5 Issues in Analyzing High-Dimensional Categorical Data



Chapter 8: Models for Multinomial Responses

8.1 Nominal Responses: Baseline-Category Logit Models

8.2 Ordinal Responses: Cumulative Logit Models

8.3 Ordinal Responses: Alternative Models

8.4 Testing Conditional Independence in I × J × K Tables

8.5 Discrete-Choice Models

8.6 Bayesian Modeling of Multinomial Responses



Chapter 9: Loglinear Models for Contingency Tables

9.1 Loglinear Models for Two-way Tables

9.2 Loglinear Models for Independence and Interaction in Three-way Tables

9.3 Inference for Loglinear Models

9.4 Loglinear Models for Higher Dimensions

9.5 Loglinear—Logistic Model Connection

9.6 Loglinear Model Fitting: Likelihood Equations and Asymptotic Distributions

9.7 Loglinear Model Fitting: Iterative Methods and Their Application



Chapter 10: Building and Extending Loglinear Models

10.1 Conditional Independence Graphs and Collapsibility

10.2 Model Selection and Comparison

10.3 Residuals for Detecting Cell-Specific Lack of Fit

10.4 Modeling Ordinal Associations

10.5 Generalized Loglinear and Association Models, Correlation Models, and Correspondence Analysis

10.6 Empty Cells and Sparseness in Modeling Contingency Tables

10.7 Bayesian Loglinear Modeling



Chapter 11: Models for Matched Pairs

11.1 Comparing Dependent Proportions

11.2 Conditional Logistic Regression for Binary Matched Pairs

11.3 Marginal Models for Square Contingency Tables

11.4 Symmetry, Quasi-Symmetry, and Quasi-Independence

11.5 Measuring Agreement Between Observers

11.6 Bradley–Terry Model for Paired Preferences

11.7 Marginal Models and Quasi-Symmetry Models for Matched Sets



Chapter 12: Clustered Categorical Data: Marginal and Transitional Models

12.1 Marginal Modeling: Maximum Likelihood Approach

12.2 Marginal Modeling: Generalized Estimating Equations (GEEs) Approach

12.3 Quasi-Likelihood and Its GEE Multivariate Extension: Details

12.4 Transitional Models: Markov Chain and Time Series Models



Chapter 13: Clustered Categorical Data: Random Effects Models

13.1 Random Effects Modeling of Clustered Categorical Data

13.2 Binary Responses: Logistic-Normal Model

13.3 Examples of Random Effects Models for Binary Data

13.4 Random Effects Models for Multinomial Data

13.5 Multilevel Modeling

13.6 GLMM Fitting, Inference, and Prediction

13.7 Bayesian Multivariate Categorical Modeling



Chapter 14: Other Mixture Models for Discrete Data

14.1 Latent Class Models

14.2 Nonparametric Random Effects Models

14.3 Beta-Binomial Models

14.4 Negative Binomial Regression

14.5 Poisson Regression with Random Effects



Chapter 15: Non-Model-Based Classification and Clustering

15.1 Classification: Linear Discriminant Analysis

15.2 Classification: Tree-Structured Prediction

15.3 Cluster Analysis for Categorical Data



Chapter 16: Large- and Small-Sample Theory for Multinomial Models

16.1 Delta Method

16.2 Asymptotic Distributions of Estimators of Model Parameters and Cell Probabilities

16.3 Asymptotic Distributions of Residuals and Goodness-of-fit Statistics

16.4 Asymptotic Distributions for Logit/Loglinear Models

16.5 Small-Sample Significance Tests for Contingency Tables

16.6 Small-Sample Confidence Intervals for Categorical Data

16.7 Alternative Estimation Theory for Parametric Models



Chapter 17: Historical Tour of Categorical Data Analysis

17.1 Pearson–Yule Association Controversy

17.2 R. A. Fisher’s Contributions

17.3 Logistic Regression

17.4 Multiway Contingency Tables and Loglinear Models

17.5 Bayesian Methods for Categorical Data

17.6 A Look Forward, and Backward

Appendix A: Statistical Software for Categorical Data Analysis


A.2 R And S-Plus

A.3 Stata


A.5 Statxact and Logxact

A.6 Other Software

Appendix B: Chi-Squared Distribution Values


Author Index

Example Index

Subject Index

Categorical Data Analysis



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Agresti, Alan. Categorical data analysis / Alan Agresti. – 3rd ed. p. cm. – (Wiley series in probability and statistics; 792)Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-470-46363-5 (hardback) 1. Multivariate analysis. I. Title. QA278.A353 2013 519.5′35–dc23 2012009792

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The explosion in the development of methods for analyzing categorical data that began in the 1960s has continued apace in recent years. This book provides an overview of these methods, as well as older, now standard, methods. It gives special emphasis to generalized linear modeling techniques, which extend linear model methods for continuous variables, and their extensions for multivariate responses.


Chapters 1–10 present the core methods for categorical response variables. Chapters 1–3 cover distributions for categorical responses and traditional methods for two-way contingency tables. Chapters 4–8 introduce logistic regression and related models such as the probit model for binary and multicategory response variables. Chapters 9 and 10 cover loglinear models for contingency tables.

In the past quarter century, a major area of new research has been the development of methods for repeated measurement and other forms of clustered categorical data. Chapters 11–14 present these methods, including marginal models and generalized linear mixed models with random effects. Chapter 15 introduces non-model-based methods for classification and clustering. Chapter 16 presents theoretical foundations as well as alternatives to the maximum likelihood paradigm that this text adopts. Chapter 17 is devoted to a historical overview of the development of the methods. It examines contributions of noted statisticians, such as Pearson and Fisher, whose pioneering efforts—and sometimes vocal debates—broke the ground for this evolution.

Appendices illustrate the use of statistical software for analyzing categorical data. The website for the text,, contains an appendix with detailed examples of the use of software (especially R, SAS, and Stata) for performing the analyses in this book, solutions to many of the exercises, extra exercises, and corrections.


Given the explosion of research in the past 50 years on categorical data methods, it is an increasing challenge to write a comprehensive book covering all the commonly used methods. The second edition of this book already exceeded 700 pages. In including much new material without letting the book grow much, I have necessarily had to make compromises in depth and use relatively simple examples. I try to present a broad overview, while presenting bibliographic notes with many references in which the reader can find more details. In attempting to make the book relatively comprehensive while presenting substantive new material, every chapter of the first two editions has been extensively rewritten. The major changes are:

A new Chapter 7 presents alternative methods for binary response data, including some regularization methods that are becoming popular in this age of massive data sets with enormous numbers of variables.

A new Chapter 15 introduces non-model-based methods of classification, such as linear discriminant analysis and classification trees, and cluster analysis.

Many chapters now include a section describing the Bayesian approach for the methods of that chapter. We also have added material (e.g., Sections 6.5 and 7.4) about ways that frequentist methods can deal with awkward situations such as infinite maximum likelihood estimates.

The use of various software for categorical data methods is discussed at a much expanded website for the text,

. Examples are shown of the use of R, SAS, and Stata for most of the examples in the text, and there is discussion also about SPSS, StatXact, and other software. That website also contains many of the text’s data sets, some of which have only excerpts shown in the text itself, as well as solutions for many exercises and corrections of errors found in early printings of the book. I recommend that you refer to this appendix (or specialized software manuals) while reading the text, perhaps printing the pages about the software you prefer, as an aid to implementing the methods. This material was placed at the website partly because the text is already so long without it and also because it is then easier to keep the presentation up-to-date.

In this text, I interpret categorical data analysis to refer to methods for categorical response variables. For most methods, explanatory variables can be categorical or quantitative, as in ordinary regression. Thus, the focus is intended to be more general than contingency table analysis, although for simplicity of data presentation, most examples use contingency tables. These examples are simplistic, but should help you focus on understanding the methods themselves and make it easier for you to replicate results with your favorite software.

Other special features of the text include:

More than 100 analyses of data sets.

About 600 exercises, some directed toward theory and methods and some toward applications and data analysis.

Notes at the end of each chapter that provide references for recent research and many topics not covered in the text, linked to a bibliography of more than 1200 sources.


I intend this book to be accessible to the diverse mix of students who take graduate-level courses in categorical data analysis. But I have also written it with practicing statisticians and biostatisticians in mind. I hope it enables them to catch up with recent advances and learn about methods that sometimes receive inadequate attention in the traditional statistics curriculum.

The development of new methods has influenced—and been influenced by—the increasing availability of data sets with categorical responses in the social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences, as well as in public health, genetics, ecology, education, marketing and the financial industry, and industrial quality control. And so, although this book is directed mainly to statisticians and biostatisticians, I also aim for it to be helpful to methodologists in these fields.

Readers should possess a background that includes regression and analysis of variance models, as well as maximum likelihood methods of statistical theory. Those not having much theory background should be able to follow most methodological discussions. Those with mainly applied interests can skip most of Chapter 4 on the theory of generalized linear models and proceed to other chapters. However, the book has a distinctly higher technical level and is more thorough and complete than my lower-level text, An Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis, Second Edition (Wiley, 2007).

Today, because of the ubiquity of categorical data in applications, most statistics and biostatistics departments offer courses on categorical data analysis or on generalized linear models with strong emphasis on methods for discrete data. This book can be used as a text for such courses. The material in Chapters 1–6 forms the heart of most courses. There is too much material in this book for a single course, but a one-term course can be based on the following outline:

Basic contingency table analysis, covering Chapters 1–3, perhaps skipping some tangential sections such as 1.5.7, 1.6, 2.4, 3.4–3.7.

Logistic regression and related methods for binary data, covering Chapters 4–6, perhaps skipping some tangential sections such as 4.4–4.7 and 6.4–6.6.

Multinomial response models, covering at least Sections 8.1 and 8.2.

Matched pairs and clustered data, covering at least Sections 11.1–11.2.

Courses with biostatistical orientation may want to include bits from Chapters 12 and 13 on marginal and random effects models. Courses with social science emphasis may want to include some topics on loglinear modeling from Chapters 9 and 10. Some courses may want to select specialized topics from Chapter 7, such as probit modeling, conditional logistic regression, Bayesian binary data modeling, smoothing, and issues in the analysis of high-dimensional data.


I thank those who commented on parts of the manuscript or provided help of some type. Special thanks to Anna Gottard, David Hoaglin, Maria Kateri, Bernhard Klingenberg, Keli Liu, and Euijung Ryu, who gave insightful comments on some chapters and made many helpful suggestions, and Brett Presnell for his advice and resources about R software and his comments about some of the material. Thanks to people who made suggestions about new material for this edition, including Jonathan Bischof, James Booth, Brian Caffo, Tianxi Cai, Brent Coull, Nicholas Cox, Ralitza Gueorguieva, Debashis Ghosh, John Henretta, David Hitchcock, Galin Jones, Robert Kushler, Xihong Lin, Jun Liu, Gianfranco Lovison, Giovanni Marchetti, David Olive, Art Owen, Alessandra Petrucci, Michael Radelet, Gerard Scallan, Maura Stokes, Anestis Touloumis, and Ming Yang. Thanks to those who commented on aspects of the second edition, including pointing out errors or typos, such as Pat Altham, Roberto Bertolusso, Nicholas Cox, David Firth, Rene Gonin, David Hoaglin, Harry Khamis, Bernhard Klingenberg, Robert Kushler, Gianfranco Lovison, Theo Nijsse, Richard Reyment, Misha Salganik, William Santo, Laura Thompson, Michael Vock, and Zhongming Yang. Thanks also to Laura Thompson for preparing her very helpful manual on using R and S-Plus for examples in the second edition. Thanks to the many who reviewed material or suggested examples for the first two editions, mentioned in the Prefaces of those editions. Thanks also to Wiley Executive Editor Steve Quigley and Associate Editor Jacqueline Palmieri for their steadfast encouragement and facilitation of this project. Finally, thanks to my wife Jacki Levine for continuing support of all kinds.


Gainesville, Florida and Brookline, MassachusettsFebruary 2012


Introduction: Distributions and Inference for Categorical Data

From helping to assess the value of new medical treatments to evaluating the factors that affect our opinions and behaviors, analysts today are finding myriad uses for categorical data methods. In this book we introduce these methods and the theory behind them.

Statistical methods for categorical responses were late in gaining the level of sophistication achieved early in the twentieth century by methods for continuous responses. Despite influential work around 1900 by the British statistician Karl Pearson, relatively Utile development of models for categorical responses occurred until the 1960s. In this book we describe the early fundamental work that still has importance today but place primary emphasis on more recent modeling approaches.


A categorical variable has a measurement scale consisting of a set of categories. For instance, political philosophy is often measured as liberal, moderate, or conservative. Diagnoses regarding breast cancer based on a mammogram use the categories normal, benign, probably benign, suspicious, and malignant.

The development of methods for categorical variables was stimulated by the need to analyze data generated in research studies in both the social and biomedical sciences. Categorical scales are pervasive in the social sciences for measuring attitudes and opinions. Categorical scales in biomedical sciences measure outcomes such as whether a medical treatment is successful.

Categorical data are by no means restricted to the social and biomedical sciences. They frequently occur in the behavioral sciences (e.g., type of mental illness, with the categories schizophrenia, depression, neurosis), epidemiology and public health (e.g., contraceptive method at last sexual intercourse, with the categories none, condom, pill, IUD, other), genetics (type of allele inherited by an offspring), botany and zoology (e.g., whether or not a particular organism is observed in a sampled quadrat), education (e.g., whether a student response to an exam question is correct or incorrect), and marketing (e.g., consumer preference among the three leading brands of a product). They even occur in highly quantitative fields such as engineering sciences and industrial quality control. Examples are the classification of items according to whether they conform to certain standards, and subjective evaluation of some characteristic: how soft to the touch a certain fabric is, how good a particular food product tastes, or how easy a worker finds it to perform a certain task.

Categorical variables are of many types. In this section we provide ways of classifying them.

1.1.1 Response–Explanatory Variable Distinction

Statistical analyses distinguish between response (or dependent) variables and explanatory (or independent) variables. This book focuses on methods for categorical response variables. As in ordinary regression modeling, explanatory variables can be any type. For instance, a study might analyze how opinion about whether same-sex marriages should be legal (yes or no) changes according to values of explanatory variables, such as religious affiliation, political ideology, number of years of education, annual income, age, gender, and race.

1.1.2 Binary–Nominal–Ordinal Scale Distinction

Many categorical variables have only two categories. Such variables, for which the two categories are often given the generic labels “success” and “failure,” are called binary variables. A major topic of this book is the modeling of binary response variables.

When a categorical variable has more than two categories, we distinguish between two types of categorical scales. Variables having categories without a natural ordering are said to be measured on a nominal scale and are called nominal variables. Examples are mode of transportation to get to work (automobile, bicycle, bus, subway, walk), favorite type of music (classical, country, folk, jazz, rock), and choice of residence (apartment, condominium, house, other). For nominal variables, the order of listing the categories is irrelevant to the statistical analysis.

Many categorical variables do have ordered categories. Such variables are said to be measured on an ordinal scale and are called ordinal variables. Examples are social class (upper, middle, lower), political philosophy (very liberal, slightly liberal, moderate, slightly conservative, very conservative), patient condition (good, fair, serious, critical), and rating of a movie for Netflix (1 to 5 stars, representing hated it, didn’t like it, liked it, really liked it, loved it). For ordinal variables, distances between categories are unknown. Although a person categorized as very liberal is more liberal than a person categorized as slightly liberal, no numerical value describes how much more liberal that person is.

An interval variable is one that does have numerical distances between any two values. For example, systolic blood pressure level, length of prison term, and annual income are interval variables. For most such variables, it is also possible to compare two values by their ratio, in which case the variable is also called a ratio variable.

The way that a variable is measured determines its classification. For example, “education” is only nominal when measured as (public school, private school, home schooling); it is ordinal when measured by highest degree attained, using the categories (none, high school, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate); it is interval when measured by number of years of education completed, using the integers 0, 1, 2, 3, ….

A variable’s measurement scale determines which statistical methods are appropriate. It is usually best to apply methods appropriate for the actual scale. In the measurement hierarchy, interval variables are highest, ordinal variables are next, and nominal variables are lowest. Statistical methods for variables of one type can also be used with variables at higher levels but not at lower levels. For instance, statistical methods for nominal variables can be used with-ordinal variables by ignoring the ordering of categories. Methods for ordinal variables cannot, however, be used with nominal variables, since their categories have no meaningful ordering. The distinction between ordered and unordered categories is not important for binary variables, because ordinal methods and nominal methods then typically reduce to equivalent methods.

In this book, we present methods for the analysis of binary, nominal, and ordinal variables. The methods also apply to interval variables having a small number of distinct values (e.g., number of times married, number of distinct side effects experienced in taking some drug) or for which the values are grouped into ordered categories (e.g., education measured as ≤12 years, > 12 but < 16 years, ≥16 years).

1.1.3 Discrete–Continuous Variable Distinction

Variables are classified as discrete or continuous, according to whether the number of values they can take is countable. Actual measurement of all variables occurs in a discrete manner, due to precision limitations in measuring instruments. The discrete–continuous classification, in practice, distinguishes between variables that take few values and variables that take lots of values. For instance, statisticians often treat discrete interval variables having a large number of values (such as test scores) as continuous, using them in methods for continuous responses.

This book deals with certain types of discretely measured responses: (1) binary variables, (2) nominal variables, (3) ordinal variables, (4) discrete interval variables having relatively few values, and (5) continuous variables grouped into a small number of categories.

1.1.4 Quantitative–Qualitative Variable Distinction

Nominal variables are qualitative—distinct categories differ in quality, not in quantity. Interval variables are quantitative—distinct levels have differing amounts of the characteristic of interest. The position of ordinal variables in the qualitative–quantitative classification is fuzzy. Analysts often treat them as qualitative, using methods for nominal variables. But in many respects, ordinal variables more closely resemble interval variables than they resemble nominal variables. They possess important quantitative features: Each category has a greater or smaller magnitude of the characteristic man another category; and although not possible to measure, an underlying continuous variable is often present. The political ideology classification (very liberal, slightly liberal, moderate, slightly conservative, very conservative) crudely measures an inherently continuous characteristic.

Analysts often utilize the quantitative nature of ordinal variables by assigning numerical scores to the categories or assuming an underlying continuous distribution. This requires good judgment and guidance from researchers who use the scale, but it provides benefits in the variety of methods available for data analysis.

1.1.5 Organization of Book and Online Computing Appendix

The models for categorical response variables discussed in this book resemble regression models for continuous response variables; however, they assume binomial or multinomial response distributions instead of normality. One type of model receives special attention—logistic regression. Ordinary logistic regression models apply with binary responses and assume a binomial distribution. Generalizations of logistic regression apply with multicategory responses and assume a multinomial distribution.

The book has four main units. In the first, Chapters 1 through 3, we summarize descriptive and inferential methods for univariate and bivariate categorical data. These chapters cover discrete distributions, methods of inference, and measures of association for contingency tables. They summarize the non-model-based methods developed prior to about 1960.

In the second and primary unit, Chapters 4 through 10, we introduce models for categorical responses. In Chapter 4 we describe a class of generalized linear models having models of this text as special cases. Chapters 5 and 6 cover the most important model for binary responses, logistic regression. Chapter 7 presents alternative methods for binary data, including the probit, Bayesian fitting, and smoothing methods. In Chapter 8 we present generalizations of the logistic regression model for nominal and ordinal multicategory response variables. In Chapters 9 and 10 we introduce the modeling of multivariate categorical response data, in terms of association and interaction patterns among the variables. The models, called loglinear models, apply to counts in the table that cross-classifies those responses.

In the third unit. Chapters 11 through 14, we discuss models for handling repeated measurement and other forms of clustered data. In Chapter 11 we present models for a categorical response with matched pairs; these apply, for instance, with a categorical response measured for the same subjects at two times. Chapter 12 covers models for more general types of repeated categorical data, such as longitudinal data from several times with explanatory variables. In Chapter 13 we present a broad class of models, generalized linear mixed models, that use random effects to account for dependence with such data. In Chapter 14 further extensions of the models from Chapters 11 through 13 are described, unified by treating the response as having a mixture distribution of some type.

The fourth and final unit has a different nature than the others. In Chapter 15 we consider non-model-based classification and clustering methods. In Chapter 16 we summarize large-sample and small-sample theory for categorical data models. This theory is the basis for behavior of model parameter estimators and goodness-of-fit statistics. Chapter 17 presents a historical overview of the development of categorical data methods.

Maximum likelihood methods receive primary attention throughout the book. Many chapters, however, contain a section presenting corresponding Bayesian methods.

In Appendix A we review software that can perform the analyses in this book. The website for this book contains an appendix that gives more information about using R, SAS, Stata, and other software, with sample programs for text examples. In addition, that site has complete data sets for many text examples and exercises, solutions to some exercises, extra exercises, corrections, and links to other useful sites. For instance, a manual prepared by Dr. Laura Thompson provides examples of how to use R and S-Plus for all examples in the second edition of this text, many of which (or very similar ones) are also in this edition.

In the rest of this chapter, we provide background material. In Section 1.2 we review the key distributions for categorical data: the binomial and multinomial, as well as another that is important for discrete data, the Poisson. In Section 1.3 we review the primary mechanisms for statistical inference using maximum likelihood. In Sections 1.4 and 1.5 we illustrate these by presenting significance tests and confidence intervals for binomial and multinomial parameters. In Section 1.6 we introduce Bayesian inference for these parameters.


Inferential data analyses require assumptions about the random mechanism that generated the data. For regression models with continuous responses, the normal distribution plays the central role. In this section we review the three key distributions for categorical responses: binomial, multinomial, and Poisson.

1.2.1 Binomial Distribution

The probability mass function for the possible outcomes y for Y is


There is no guarantee that successive binary observations are independent or identical. Thus, occasionally, we will utilize other distributions. One such case is sampling binary outcomes without replacement from a finite population, such as observations on whether a homework assignment was completed for 10 students sampled from a class of size 20. The hypergeometric distribution, studied in Section 3.5.1, is then relevant. In Section 1.2.4 we discuss another case that violates the binomial assumptions.

1.2.2 Multinomial Distribution


For the multinomial distribution,


We derive the covariance in Section 16.1.4. The marginal distribution of each nj is binomial.

1.2.3 Poisson Distribution


A key feature of the Poisson distribution is that its variance equals its mean. Sample counts vary more when their mean is higher. When the mean number of daily fatal accidents equals 15, greater variability occurs from day to day than when the mean equals 2.

1.2.4 Overdispersion

In practice, count observations often exhibit variability exceeding that predicted by the binomial or Poisson. This phenomenon is called overdispersion. We assumed above that each person has the same probability each day of dying in a fatal auto accident. More realistically, these probabilities vary from day to day according to the amount of road traffic and weather conditions and vary from person to person according to factors such as the amount of time spent in autos, whether the person wears a seat belt, how much of the driving is at high speeds, gender, and age. Such variation causes fatality counts to display more variation than predicted by the Poisson model.

Assuming a Poisson distribution for a count variable is often too simplistic, because of factors that cause overdispersion. The negative binomial is a related distribution for count data that has a second parameter and permits the variance to exceed the mean. We introduce it in Section 4.3.4.

Analyses assuming binomial (or multinomial) distributions are also sometimes invalid because of overdispersion. This might happen because the true distribution is a mixture of different binomial distributions, with the parameter varying because of unmeasured variables. To illustrate, suppose that an experiment exposes pregnant mice to a toxin and then after a week observes the number of fetuses in each mouse’s litter that show signs of malformation. Let ni denote the number of fetuses in the litter for mouse i. The pregnant mice also vary according to other factors, such as their weight, overall health, and genetic makeup. Extra variation then occurs because of the variability from litter to litter in the probability π of malformation. The distribution of the number of fetuses per Utter showing malformations might cluster near 0 and near ni, showing more dispersion than expected for binomial sampling with a single value of π. Overdispersion could also occur when π varies among fetuses in a litter according to some distribution (Exercise 1.17). In Chapters 4, 13, and 14 we introduce methods for data that are overdispersed relative to binomial and Poisson assumptions.

1.2.5 Connection Between Poisson and Multinomial Distributions

With Poisson sampling the total count n is random rather than fixed. If we assume a Poisson model but condition on n, {Yi} no longer have Poisson distributions, since each Yi cannot exceed n. Given n, {Yi) are also no longer independent, since the value of one affects the possible range for the others.


Many categorical data analyses assume a multinomial distribution. Such analyses usually have the same inferential results as those of analyses assuming a Poisson distribution, because of the similarity in the likelihood functions.

1.2.6 The Chi-Squared Distribution

Another distribution of fundamental importance for categorical data is the chi-squared, not as a distribution for the data but rather as a sampling distribution for many statistics. Because of its importance, we summarize here a few of its properties.

The chi-squared distribution with degrees of freedom denoted by df has mean df, variance 2(df), and skewness . It converges (slowly) to normality as df increases, the approximation being reasonably good when df is at least about 50.