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Logistic Regression

Logistic Regression
Chao-Ying Joanne Peng

Many research problems in education call for the analysis and prediction of a dichotomous outcome, for example, whether or not a student will persist in the college, whether a child should be classified as learning disabled (LD) or not, or whether an adolescent is, or is not, prone to engage in risky behaviors. Traditionally, these research questions were addressed by either ordinary least squares (OLS) regression or linear discriminant function analysis. Both techniques were subsequently found to be less than ideal in handling dichotomous outcomes, due to their strict statistical assumptions, that is, linearity, normality, and continuity for OLS regression, or multivariate normality with equal variances and covariances for discriminant analysis (Cabrera, 1994; ...

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