nominal bleg

I need some available data that allows a simple model with a nominal outcome.  Ideally, there would be 4 categories (less ideally 5, less still 3), and it would be not quasi-ordinal.  The model will probably need to include a binary explanatory variable, a categorical explanatory variable, and a continuous or quasi-continuous variable.  But the outcome is the first thing.  Any ideas?


  1. Posted May 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Marital status? Married, Divorced, Separated, never married?


  2. klhoughton
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    In 5-4-3 order:

    Straight Male, Straight Female, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual. (Treating Transgendered as: how do you define yourself.)

    Straight, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered.

    Male, Female, Transgendered.


  3. Posted May 17, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I’ve only tested with the GSS and it is slow, but this .ado hunts out variables that have only the requested number of values and are lacking value labels associated with ordinal variable (e.g. “more”, “agree”). It doesn’t really capture errors, and it messes with the sort order.


  4. Posted May 17, 2013 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Ooh, I’ll have to look at this. Thanks! I have used a GSS question that asks people how they think adoptive parents should be chosen: “auction,” “mother decides,” “lottery,” “birth mother decides,” which is kind of the perfect thing I am looking for in some ways, but it was only asked once and would be better if it had been asked more. Might also be a little too cute.

    Marital status is a go-to example I use of an independent variable. I think probably sexual orientation is also something that would be more of a great independent variable for an application than something where one could work up a model with that as an outcome.


    • Posted May 17, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink

      (Not that marital status couldn’t be a dependent variable, but it would be unusual to model as a straightforward nominal outcome in an application, because in order to get to the states of “divorced” and “widowed”, you have to go through the intermediate state of “married”.)



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