# Discussion: Estimating Models Using Dummy Variables

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You have had plenty of opportunity to interpret coefficients for metric variables in regression models. Using and interpreting categorical variables takes just a little bit of extra practice. In this Discussion, you will have the opportunity to practice how to recode categorical variables so they can be used in a regression model and how to properly interpret the coefficients. Additionally, you will gain some practice in running diagnostics and identifying any potential problems with the model.

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Review Warnerâs Chapter 12 and Chapter 2 of the Wagner course text and the media program found in this weekâs Learning Resources and consider the use of dummy variables.
Create a research question using the General Social Survey dataset that can be answered by multiple regression. Using the SPSS software, choose a categorical variable to dummy code as one of your predictor variables.

By Day 3
Estimate a multiple regression model that answers your research question. Post your response to the following:

What is your research question?
Interpret the coefficients for the model, specifically commenting on the dummy variable.
Run diagnostics for the regression model. Does the model meet all of the assumptions? Be sure and comment on what assumptions were not met and the possible implications. Is there any possible remedy for one the assumption violations?

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Estimate a multiple regression model that answers your research question. Post your response to the following:

Include the General Social Survey Datasetâs mean of Age to verify the dataset you used.
What is your research question?
Interpret the coefficients for the model, specifically commenting on the dummy variable.
Run diagnostics for the regression model. Does the model meet all of the assumptions? Be sure and comment on what assumptions were not met and the possible implications. Is there any possible remedy for one the assumption violations?

RESOURCES:
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Wagner, III, W. E. (2020). Using IBMÂŽ SPSSÂŽ statistics for research methods and social science statistics (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Chapter 2, âTransforming VariablesâÂ
Chapter 11, âEditing Outputâ (previously read in Week 2, 3, 4, 5. 6, 7, 8, and 9)

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Warner, R. M. (2012). Applied statistics from bivariate through multivariate techniques (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Applied Statistics From Bivariate Through Multivariate Techniques,Â 2ndÂ EditionÂ by Warner, R.M. Copyright 2012 by Sage College. Reprinted by permission of Sage College via the Copyright Clearance Center.
Chapter 12, âDummy Predictor Variables in Multiple Regressionâ
Applied Statistics From Bivariate Through Â Multivariate Techniques,Â 2ndÂ EditionÂ by Warner, R.M. Copyright Â 2012 by Sage College. Reprinted by permission of Sage College via the Copyright Â Clearance Center.Â
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