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weighted data vs unweighted data

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weighted data vs unweighted data

Hello to everyone

 

What does weighted data and unweighted data mean? What are the importance of weighted data? 

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Re: weighted data vs unweighted data

weight will change the influence of obs in the model .

More detail information , Check Rick's blog :

 

http://blogs.sas.com/content/iml/2013/09/13/frequencies-vs-weights-in-regression.html

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Re: weighted data vs unweighted data

Thanks Ksharp.

 

If the rate parameter is estimated using both weighted and unweighted and with unweighted the rate parameter is 0.00128 ± 0.00011 (CI) and 0.00137 ± 0.00018 (CI) with weighted.

 

So first what does it mean such change in rate parameters? Which one should I use (rate parameter obtained with weighted or unweighted data)??

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Re: weighted data vs unweighted data

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I think you mixed up parameter estimator and weight of obs . It depends on how much important for a special obs in model and what do you want. by default , very obs has weight 1, if you think some one of obs is very important for the model, you can increase its weight, vice verse.

Did you check Rick's blog ? weight would not change other statistical like DF, STD ERROR . therefore it would not change parameter estimator.

 

As Rick's blog showed, if you want robust parameter estimator(there are some outliers in model) ,you should use weight of obs.

otherwise unweight.

 

Maybe you should ask Rick , who might give you more information.

 

 

P.S. I would choose 0.00128 ± 0.00011 (CI) , since STD ERROR is smaller than another.

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