I am having some difficulties fitting a multiple logistic regression model for my data which looks like this,

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As you can see from the screenshot above there are 4 explanatory variables, age, gender, disability and race taking the binomial form as 1 and 0. The data can be presented as count data,

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where Y is the binary response variable (1 for Yes and 0 for No).

Data reproducible example:

age <- round(runif(186, 0,1))
gender <- round(runif(186, 0, 1))
disability <- round(runif(186, 0, 1))
race <- round(runif(186, 0, 1))

dat <- data.frame(age, gender, disability, race)

m <- cbind(table(dat$age), table(dat$gender), table(dat$disability), table(dat$race))

colnames(m) <- c("Age", "Gender", "Disability", "Race")

dt <- data.frame(m)
dt <- tibble::rownames_to_column(dt, "Y")
new_dt <- dt %>% select(Age, Gender, Disability, Race, Y)

This seems like a very simple problem but I still can't figure out an appropriate solution to fit a multiple logistic model using glm() for this type of data specifically.


Logistic regression in r for aggregated counts

This doesn't work since it can only be applied to contingency table

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!!

  • $\begingroup$ I don't see the issue. Your DV is binary. It does not matter if your IVs are count data or something else. For regression you only really care about the type of your DV. Just do glm(Y ~ age + gender + disability + race, data = new_dt, family = binomial) (add interactions as appropriate). $\endgroup$
    – Roland
    Aug 24, 2020 at 6:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Roland Thank you for your reply. I have tried this and got an error message in return, "Error in weights * y : non-numeric argument to binary operator". $\endgroup$
    – Minh Chau
    Aug 24, 2020 at 6:15
  • $\begingroup$ You need to coerce your Y variable to numeric. Row names are character strings. $\endgroup$
    – Roland
    Aug 24, 2020 at 6:16
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    $\begingroup$ @MinhChau Can you post a link to your actual data? I don't think your data is too small for the glm function. You can paste your data here: pastebin.com in plain text and share the link. $\endgroup$ Aug 24, 2020 at 7:15
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    $\begingroup$ @StatsStudent No worries it's not a biggie but I did attempt that and was getting the same problem so I am going to find another alternative. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Minh Chau
    Aug 24, 2020 at 8:35

1 Answer 1


So I had an opportunity to recreate the raw dataset and run the logistic regression. It does in fact, run in R and SAS, but you have a problem with what is known as "quasi-complete separation of data points." This happens when a linear combination of predictor variables completely determines or separates the outcome variable, and so the maximum likelihood does estimates do not exist. Here is the output from SAS which indicates the issue:

Probability modeled is Y='1'. 

Model Convergence Status Quasi-complete separation of data points detected.

**Warning: The maximum likelihood estimate may not exist.** 

Warning: The LOGISTIC procedure continues in spite of the above warning. Results shown are based on the last maximum likelihood iteration. Validity of the model fit is questionable. 

Model Fit Statistics 
Criterion Intercept Only Intercept and
AIC 1032.865 982.586 
SC 1037.477 1005.646 
-2 Log L 1030.865 972.586 

Testing Global Null Hypothesis: BETA=0 
Test Chi-Square DF Pr > ChiSq 
Likelihood Ratio 58.2791 4 <.0001 
Score 42.0614 4 <.0001 
Wald 0.0543 4 0.9996 

Analysis of Maximum Likelihood Estimates 
Parameter DF Estimate Standard
Error Wald
Chi-Square Pr > ChiSq 
Intercept 1 0.0633 0.0863 0.5380 0.4633 
Age 1 -12.2182 119.4 0.0105 0.9185 
Gender 1 12.1913 182.3 0.0045 0.9467 
Disability 1 2.3E-11 152.7 0.0000 1.0000 
Race 1 -984E-13 205.7 0.0000 1.0000 

Odds Ratio Estimates 
Effect Point Estimate 95% Wald
Confidence Limits 
Age <0.001 <0.001 >999.999 
Gender >999.999 <0.001 >999.999 
Disability 1.000 <0.001 >999.999 
Race 1.000 <0.001 >999.999 

You can read more about this issue and possibly remedies here on UCLA's IDRE website.

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    $\begingroup$ Nice troubleshooting (+1). In addition to the UCLA website, there is much discussion of perfect separation on this site, for example here. $\endgroup$
    – EdM
    Aug 24, 2020 at 15:15

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