by Jeff Meyer
We often have a continuous predictor in a model that we believe has non-constant relationship with the dependent variable along the predictor’s range. But how can we be certain? What is the best way to measure this?
Sometimes including a quadratic term will capture the change in the slope as we move from the bottom of the range to the top of the range. But a quadratic term only works in two situations:
- The rate of change increases and then at some point decreases, or:
- The opposite happens – the rate of change decreases and at some point increases.
We could also create a categorical variable. Each category within the categorical variable would represent a specific range within the continuous variable. [Read more…] about Segmented Regression for Non-Constant Relationships