Interpret the statistical output of the GLM procedure (variance derived from MSE, F

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60 scored multiple-choice and short-answer questions.

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  • In addition to the 60 scored items, there may be up to five unscored items.
  • Two hours to complete exam.
  • Use exam ID A00-240; 

Percentage of questions by topic:

  • ANOVA - 10%
  • Linear Regression - 20%
  • Logistic Regression - 25%
  • Prepare Inputs for Predictive Model Performance - 20%
  • Measure Model Performance - 25%

ANOVA - 10%

Verify the assumptions of ANOVA

 Explain the central limit theorem and when it must be applied

 Examine the distribution of continuous variables (histogram, box -whisker, Q-Q plots)

 Describe the effect of skewness on the normal distribution

 Define H0, H1, Type I/II error, statistical power, p-value

 Describe the effect of sample size on p-value and power

 Interpret the results of hypothesis testing

 Interpret histograms and normal probability charts

 Draw conclusions about your data from histogram, box-whisker, and Q-Q plots

 Identify the kinds of problems may be present in the data: (biased sample, outliers,

extreme values)

 For a given experiment, verify that the observations are independent

 For a given experiment, verify the errors are normally distributed

 Use the UNIVARIATE procedure to examine residuals

 For a given experiment, verify all groups have equal response variance

 Use the HOVTEST option of MEANS statement in PROC GLM to asses response


Analyze differences between population means using the GLM and TTEST


 Use the GLM Procedure to perform ANOVA

o CLASS statement

o MODEL statement

o MEANS statement

o OUTPUT statement

 Evaluate the null hypothesis using the output of the GLM procedure

 Interpret the statistical output of the GLM procedure (variance derived from MSE, F

value, p-value R**2, Levene's test)

 Interpret the graphical output of the GLM procedure

 Use the TTEST Procedure to compare means

Perform ANOVA post hoc test to evaluate treatment effect

Exam Content Guide


 Use the LSMEANS statement in the GLM or PLM procedure to perform pairwise


 Use PDIFF option of LSMEANS statement

 Use ADJUST option of the LSMEANS statement (TUKEY and DUNNETT)

 Interpret diffograms to evaluate pairwise comparisons

 Interpret control plots to evaluate pairwise comparisons

 Compare/Contrast use of pairwise T-Tests, Tukey and Dunnett comparison methods

Detect and analyze interactions between factors

 Use the GLM procedure to produce reports that will help determine the significance

of the interaction between factors. MODEL statement

 LSMEANS with SLICE=option (Also using PROC PLM)


 Interpret the output of the GLM procedure to identify interaction between factors:


 F Value

 R Squared



Linear Regression - 20%

Fit a multiple linear regression model using the REG and GLM procedures

 Use the REG procedure to fit a multiple linear regression model

 Use the GLM procedure to fit a multiple linear regression model

Analyze the output of the REG, PLM, and GLM procedures for multiple linear

regression models

 Interpret REG or GLM procedure output for a multiple linear regression model:

convert models to algebraic expressions

 Convert models to algebraic expressions

 Identify missing degrees of freedom

 Identify variance due to model/error, and total variance

 Calculate a missing F value

 Identify variable with largest impact to model

 For output from two models, identify which model is better

 Identify how much of the variation in the dependent variable is explained by the


 Conclusions that can be drawn from REG, GLM, or PLM output: (about H0, model

quality, graphics)

Use the REG or GLMSELECT procedure to perform model selection

Exam Content Guide


 Use the SELECTION option of the model statement in the GLMSELECT procedure

 Compare the differentmodel selection methods (STEPWISE, FORWARD, BACKWARD)

 Enable ODS graphics to display graphs from the REG or GLMSELECT procedure

 Identify best models by examining the graphical output (fit criterion from the REG or

GLMSELECT procedure)

 Assign names to models in the REG procedure (multiple model statements)

Assess the validity of a given regression model through the use of diagnostic and

residual analysis

 Explain the assumptions for linear regression

 From a set of residuals plots, asses which assumption about the error terms has

been violated

 Use REG procedure MODEL statement options to identify influential observations

(Student Residuals, Cook's D, DFFITS, DFBETAS)

 Explain options for handling influential observations

 Identify collinearity problems by examining REG procedure output

 Use MODEL statement options to diagnose collinearity problems (VIF, COLLIN,


Logistic Regression - 25%

Perform logistic regression with the LOGISTIC procedure

 Identify experiments that require analysis via logistic regression

 Identify logistic regression assumptions

 logistic regression concepts (log odds, logit transformation, sigmoidal relationship

between p and X)

 Use the LOGISTIC procedure to fit a binary logistic regression model (MODEL and

CLASS statements)

Optimize model performance through input selection

 Use the LOGISTIC procedure to fit a multiple logistic regression model


 Perform Model Selection (STEPWISE, FORWARD, BACKWARD) within the LOGISTIC


Interpret the output of the LOGISTIC procedure

 Interpret the output from the LOGISTIC procedure for binary logistic regression

models: Model Convergence section

 Testing Global Null Hypothesis table

 Type 3 Analysis of Effects table

 Analysis of Maximum Likelihood Estimates table

Exam Content Guide


 Association of Predicted Probabilities and Observed Responses

Score new data sets using the LOGISTIC and PLM procedures

 Use the SCORE statement in the PLM procedure to score new cases

 Use the CODE statement in PROC LOGISTIC to score new data

 Describe when you would use the SCORE statement vs the CODE statement in PROC



 Explain how to score new data when you have developed a model from a biased


Prepare Inputs for Predictive Model

Performance - 20%

Identify the potential challenges when preparing input data for a model

 Identify problems that missing values can cause in creating predictive models and

scoring new data sets

 Identify limitations of Complete Case Analysis

 Explain problems caused by categorical variables with numerous levels

 Discuss the problem of redundant variables

 Discuss the problem of irrelevant and redundant variables

 Discuss the non-linearities and the problems they create in predictive models

 Discuss outliers and the problems they create in predictive models

 Describe quasi-complete separation

 Discuss the effect of interactions

 Determine when it is necessary to oversample data

Use the DATA step to manipulate data with loops, arrays, conditional

statements and functions

 Use ARRAYs to create missing indicators

 Use ARRAYS, LOOP, IF, and explicit OUTPUT statements

Improve the predictive power of categorical inputs

 Reduce the number of levels of a categorical variable

 Explain thresholding

 Explain Greenacre's method

 Cluster the levels of a categorical variable via Greenacre's method using the CLUSTER


o METHOD=WARD option

o FREQ, VAR, ID statement

Exam Content Guide


o Use of ODS output to create an output data set

 Convert categorical variables to continuous using smooth weight of evidence

Screen variables for irrelevance and non-linear association using the CORR


 Explain how Hoeffding's D and Spearman statistics can be used to find irrelevant

variables and non-linear associations

 Produce Spearman and Hoeffding's D statistic using the CORR procedure (VAR, WITH


 Interpret a scatter plot of Hoeffding's D and Spearman statistic to identify irrelevant

variables and non-linear associations

Screen variables for non-linearity using empirical logit plots

 Use the RANK procedure to bin continuous input variables (GROUPS=, OUT= option;

VAR, RANK statements)

 Interpret RANK procedure output

 Use the MEANS procedure to calculate the sum and means for the target cases and

total events (NWAY option; CLASS, VAR, OUTPUT statements)

 Create empirical logit plots with the SGPLOT procedure

 Interpret empirical logit plots

Measure Model Performance - 25%

Apply the principles of honest ass

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