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Generalized Linear Models Options

Selects information to be printed by the generalized linear model analysis and controls certain aspects of the method used.


Model Details of the model that is fitted
Summary Summary analysis of deviance
F-probability Approximate F-probabilities for deviance ratios
Correlations Correlations between the parameter estimates
Fitted values Table containing the values of the response variate, fitted values, standardized residuals and leverages
Estimates Estimates of the parameters in the model
t-probability Approximate t-probabilities for the parameter estimates
Confidence intervals Confidence intervals for the parameter estimates. The confidence limit can specified as a percentage using the Confidence limit for estimates (%) field.
Accumulated Analysis-of-deviance table containing a line for each change in the fitted model
Wald tests Wald and F tests for dropping terms from a regression (not available for multinomial or ordinal regression)

Dispersion parameter

Controls whether the dispersion parameter for the variance of the response is estimated from the residual mean square of the fitted model, or fixed at a given value. The dispersion parameter (fixed or estimated) is used when calculating standard errors and standardized residuals. In models with the binomial, Poisson, negative binomial, geometric and exponential distributions, the dispersion should be fixed at 1 unless a heterogeneity parameter is to be estimated.

Estimate constant term

Specifies whether to include a constant in the model. In models with no factors as explanatory variates, this omits the intercept; in other words the fitted line is constrained to pass through the origin. If a factor is included, the omission of a constant leads to a re-parameterization of the same model.

Fit model terms individually

If selected, regression models will be fitted one term at a time. If the accumulated display option is set then the accumulated summary will contain a line for each individual term in a model.

Estimate lack of fit

If you have observations with replicated values of the explanatory variables and have selected the option Fit model terms individually, you can select this option to split the final residual term into a “true” residual (measured by the variation amongst the replicate observations) and lack of fit.


A generalized linear model can be modified to take account of a fixed contribution to the linear effects for each unit, supplied in a variate referred to as the offset.


A variate of weights can be supplied to give varying influence of each unit on the fit of the model. This would usually correspond to a known pattern of variance of the observations, when the weights would be the reciprocal of the variances.

Absorbing factor

A factor can be supplied to specify an absorbing factor defining the groups for within-groups linear or generalized linear regression.

Factorial limit on model terms

For a generalized linear model you can control the factorial limit on model terms to be generated when you use model-formula operators like *. The default is to include all interactions, up to those involving nine variates or factors. (You cannot ask for more than nine.)

Action buttons

OK Save the option settings and close the dialog.
Cancel Close the dialog without making any changes.
Defaults Reset the options to their default settings.

Action Icons

Clear Clear all fields and list boxes.
Help Open the Help topic for this dialog.

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Updated on March 29, 2019

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