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An Introduction to Logistic Regression. Eni sumarminingsih , Ssi , mm Program studi statistika Jurusan matematika Universitas brawijaya. Outline. Introduction and Description Some Potential Problems and Solutions. Introduction and Description. Why use logistic regression?

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an introduction to logistic regression

An Introduction to Logistic Regression

Enisumarminingsih, Ssi, mm

Program studistatistika



  • Introduction and Description
  • Some Potential Problems and Solutions
introduction and description
Introduction and Description
  • Why use logistic regression?
  • Estimation by maximum likelihood
  • Interpreting coefficients
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Evaluating the performance of the model
why use logistic regression
Why use logistic regression?
  • There are many important research topics for which the dependent variable is "limited."
  • For example: voting, morbidity or mortality, and participation data is not continuous or distributed normally.
  • Binary logistic regression is a type of regression analysis where the dependent variable is a dummy variable: coded 0 (did not vote) or 1(did vote)
the linear probability model
The Linear Probability Model

In the OLS regression:

Y =  + X + e ; where Y = (0, 1)

  • The error terms are heteroskedastic
  • e is not normally distributed because Y takes on only two values
  • The predicted probabilities can be greater than 1 or less than 0
an example
An Example

You are a researcher who is interested in understanding the effect of smoking and weight upon resting pulse rate. Because you have categorized the response-pulse rate-into low and high, a binary logistic regression analysis is appropriate to investigate the effects of smoking and weight upon pulse rate.

ols results
OLS Results


Regression Analysis: Tekanan Darah versus Weight, Merokok

The regression equation is

Tekanan Darah = 0.745 - 0.00392 Weight + 0.210 Merokok

Predictor Coef SE Coef T P

Constant 0.7449 0.2715 2.74 0.007

Weight -0.003925 0.001876 -2.09 0.039

Merokok 0.20989 0.09626 2.18 0.032

S = 0.416246 R-Sq = 7.9% R-Sq(adj) = 5.8%


Predicted Values outside the 0,1 range

Descriptive Statistics: FITS1

Variable N N* Mean StDev Minimum Q1 Median Q3 Maximum

FITS1 92 0 0.2391 0.1204 -0.0989 0.1562 0.2347 0.3132 0.5309

the logistic regression model
The Logistic Regression Model

The "logit" model solves these problems:ln[p/(1-p)] =  + X + e

  • p is the probability that the event Y occurs, p(Y=1)
  • p/(1-p) is the "odds ratio"
  • ln[p/(1-p)] is the log odds ratio, or "logit"


  • The logistic distribution constrains the estimated probabilities to lie between 0 and 1.
  • The estimated probability is: p = 1/[1 + exp(- - X)]
  • if you let  + X =0, then p = .50
  • as  + X gets really big, p approaches 1
  • as  + X gets really small, p approaches 0
maximum likelihood estimation mle
Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE)
  • MLE is a statistical method for estimating the coefficients of a model.
interpreting coefficients
Interpreting Coefficients
  • Since: ln[p/(1-p)] =  + X + e

The slope coefficient () is interpreted as the rate of change in the "log odds" as X changes … not very useful.


An interpretation of the logit coefficient which is usually more intuitive is the "odds ratio"

  • Since: [p/(1-p)] = exp( + X)

exp() is the effect of the independent variable on the "odds ratio"

from minitab output
From Minitab Output:

Logistic Regression Table

                                                Odds     95% CI

Predictor       Coef     SE Coef       Z      P   Ratio  Lower  Upper

Constant    -1.98717    1.67930   -1.18   0.237


 Yes        -1.19297    0.552980  -2.16   0.031    0.30   0.10   0.90

Weight     0.0250226  0.0122551  2.04   0.041   1.03   1.00   1.05

  • **Although there is evidence that the estimated coefficient for Weight is not zero, the odds ratio is very close to one  (1.03), indicating that a one pound increase in weight minimally effects a person's resting pulse rate
  • **Given that subjects have the same weight, the odds ratio can be interpreted as the odds of smokers in the sample having a low pulse being 30% of the odds of non-smokers having a low pulse.
hypothesis testing
Hypothesis Testing
  • The Wald statistic for the  coefficient is: Wald (Z)= [/s.e.B]2which is distributed chi-square with 1 degree of freedom.
  • The last Log-Likelihood from the maximum likelihood iterations is displayed along with the statistic G. This statistic tests the null hypothesis that all the coefficients associated with predictors equal zero versus these coefficients not all being equal to zero. In this example, G = 7.574, with a p-value of 0.023, indicating that there is sufficient evidence that at least one of the coefficients is different from zero, given that your accepted level is greater than 0.023.
evaluating the performance of the model
Evaluating the Performance of the Model

Goodness-of-Fit Tests displays Pearson, deviance, and Hosmer-Lemeshow goodness-of-fit tests. If the p-value is less than your accepted α-level, the test would reject the null hypothesis of an adequate fit.

The goodness-of-fit tests, with p-values ranging from 0.312 to 0.724, indicate that there is insufficient evidence to claim that the model does not fit the data adequately

  • The presence of multicollinearity will not lead to biased coefficients.
  • But the standard errors of the coefficients will be inflated.
  • If a variable which you think should be statistically significant is not, consult the correlation coefficients.
  • If two variables are correlated at a rate greater than .6, .7, .8, etc. then try dropping the least theoretically important of the two.