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Modelling and testing interactive relationships within regression analysis

Modellierung und Test inaktiver Beziehungen in der Regressionsanalyse
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Thome, Helmut

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Abstract Die Regressionsanalyse ist eines der wichtigsten Forschungsinstrumente in den Sozialwissenschaften, einschließlich der historischen Sozialforschung. Allerdings wird sie häufig nicht in ihren vollen Kapazitäten genutzt. In den meistens Fällen beschränkt man sich auf lineare additive Modelle, obgleich die theoretischen Annahmen die Behandlung von nicht-linearen und/oder interaktiven Modellen erlauben. Der vorliegende Beitrag klärt einige grundsätzliche Fragen der interaktiven Modelle und das Multikollinearitätsproblem bei der Anwendung der Methode. (pmb)

'Regression analysis is one of the major research tools in the social sciences, but this technique is not often used to its full capacity. In most cases applications are restricted to linear additive models even though theoretical considerations may point to nonlinear and/or interactive models. In this article the substantive interpretation of interactive models is clarified and the often heard objections that interactive models are not suitable for interval level data and are vitiated by multicollinearity problems are shown to be unwarranted.' (author's abstract)
Keywords empirical social research; historical social research; linear model; methodology; regression analysis
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Method basic research; development of methods
Document language English
Publication Year 1991
Page/Pages p. 21-50
Journal Historical Social Research, 16 (1991) 4
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works