Re: [R] How to collect better estimations of a logistic model parameters, by using bootstrapping things ?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Thu 25 Aug 2005 - 08:00:49 EST

I presume an `IC' is a confidence interval, but what is an `IP'?

I think you need to think hard about the assumptions you want to make. The usual way to do logistic regression is via glm(), and the confint() function will give you confidence intervals based on profile likelihoods that are rather accurate (you need package MASS for this).

If you want to bootstrap you have to decide how. Case-based resampling is the only easy way, and would be appropriate only if the 41 cases were a sample and not a design (and even then experts would argue for conditional inference). Bootstrapping logistic regression for a design involves a lot of assumptions, and there is not much to suggest that bootstrapping will better than using confint().

As for model selection, step() will do it, but given your problem sizes it is really _at best_ an exploratory procedure for what extra data might be worth collecting.

On Wed, 24 Aug 2005, Laurent Valdes wrote:

> Dear all,
> I know that when using R, people should have a sufficient level in
> statistics.
> As well, I'm not a genius, when dealing with logistic regressions.
> I would like to construct ICs, IPs, for a logistic regression, but
> the point is I have just 41 observations.
> I had a look at the Design package and noticeably the lrm function,
> but I'm still not able to reduce the IC's, as I was trying to do this
> in SPSS (but do not like it).
> I have heard of a mean to do this by using bootstrap, but I'm still
> waiting to find the right way to use it.
> As well I would like to find a fine way to do stepwise forward
> selection In R, as I am not sure wich kind of variable may be
> involved in the model, which is composed with 13 numeric variables,
> and a dichotomic variable named "expatriation". I have got a total of
> 41 observations, as mentionned above.
> I'm using R on macintosh, I have used the function lrm, brlr,
> bootstrap (but for others uses than logistic regressions), and I am
> looking for a great and paved way to do Confiance Intervals, and to
> compute significance values for each of the logistic model's
> parameters, by using R ans bootstrapping, of course.
> Any ideas ?
> Laurent.
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