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I have a GLM where I'm predicting a proportion response (# correct items / total # of quiz items). The common recommendation in this case is to assume a binomial distribution and use a logit link. For example: What are the issues with using percentage outcome in linear regression? and Regression for an outcome (ratio or fraction) between 0 and 1

Some others in my department (varying levels of statistical knowledge) disagree, or agree but suggest the use of Poisson or a linear model for simplicity.

In addressing their concerns, and also anticipating reviewer responses to the analysis, I'm wondering if there are any references (e.g. journal articles) that I could cite that suggest/recommend binomial GLM for this type of outcome variable?

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Recommended in comments:

McCullagh, P., & Nelder, J. A. (1989). Generalized linear models (Monographs on Statistics and Applied Probability 37). CRC press.

Hardin, J. W. & Hilbe, J. M. (2007). Generalized linear models and extensions. Stata press.

Zhao, L., Chen, Y., & Schaffner, D. W. (2001). Comparison of logistic regression and linear regression in modeling percentage data. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 67(5), 2129-2135.

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  • $\begingroup$ h/t @TheLaconic $\endgroup$ – mkt Aug 21 '18 at 11:58
  • $\begingroup$ h/t @kjetilbhalvorsen $\endgroup$ – mkt Aug 21 '18 at 11:58

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