Fitting log-linear models to contingency tables from surveys with complex sampling designs: an investigation of the clogg-eliason approach


Skinner, Chris and Vallet, Louis-Andre (2010) Fitting log-linear models to contingency tables from surveys with complex sampling designs: an investigation of the clogg-eliason approach. Sociological Methods & Research, 39, (1), 83-108. (doi:10.1177/0049124110366239).

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Clogg and Eliason (1987) proposed a simple method for taking account of survey weights when fitting log-linear models to contingency tables. This article investigates the properties of this method. A rationale is provided for the method when the weights are constant within the cells of the table. For more general cases, however, it is shown that the standard errors produced by the method are invalid, contrary to claims in the literature.

The method is compared to the pseudo maximum likelihood method both theoretically and through an empirical study of social mobility relating daughter’s class to father’s class using survey data from France. The method of Clogg and Eliason is found to underestimate standard errors systematically. The article concludes by recommending against the use of this method, despite its simplicity. The limitations of the method may be overcome by using the pseudo maximum likelihood method.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0049-1241 (print)
1552-8294 (electronic)
Keywords: complex sampling jackknife, log linear model, pseudo maximum likelihood, stratification, survey weight
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
ePrint ID: 163087
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 08:21
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:17
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/163087

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