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IPF: estimate cell frequencies given known margins

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IPF: estimate cell frequencies given known margins


to adjust an observed table of cell frequencies to a set of new margins I want to use the CALL IPF subroutine in IML. In the SAS-Manual this is shown for a 2-dimensional table.

I would like to do this several times for adjusting cell frequencies to e. g. 3 marginals.

In the first step I would run the call ipf routine to fit cell frequencies to margin1 and margin2. The estimated cell frequencies then become the new marginal marginnew. In a second step estimated cell frequencies can be fitted to marginnew and margin3.

My questions are:

Is this a possibility to get estimated cell frequencies for e. g. a 3-dimensional table?

What happens in the second step? The values of marginnew have numerical values instead of observations. Is this a problem?

Do you know another way to include three or more 1-dimensional margins directly in the call ipf routine?



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Re: IPF: estimate cell frequencies given known margins

I'm pretty sure that the IPF routine enables you to request whichever marginals you want.  You ought to be able to get all three marginals directly.

In the IPF doc there is an example of a three-way table for Education, Religion, and Self-esteem:

Although that example is for the MARG call, you can use it to experiment with the IPF call for three-way tables. Use the CONFIG parameter to specify the interactions, and make sure that the DIM parameter agrees with the way that the table is stored.

You might want to look at this Tech Support doc:

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Re: IPF: estimate cell frequencies given known margins

Thank you for your information!

I am going to try, if it works in my case.

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