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Regression Model for Proportions with Probability Masses at Zero and One

by Raffaella Calabrese of University College Dublin

March 2012

Abstract: In many settings, the variable of interest is a proportion with high concentration of data at the boundaries. This paper proposes a regression model for a fractional variable with nontrivial probability masses at the extremes. In particular, the dependent variable is assumed to be a mixed random variable, obtained as the mixture of a Bernoulli and a beta random variables. The extreme values of zero and one are modelled by a logistic regression model. The values belonging to the interval (0,1) are assumed beta distributed and their mean and dispersion are jointly modelled by using two link functions. The regression model here proposed accommodates skewness and heteroscedastic errors. Finally, an application to loan recovery process of Italian banks is also provided.

AMS Classification: 62J02, 62M10, 62Fxx.

Keywords: proportions, mixed random variable, beta regression, skewness, heteroscedasticity.

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