I have just done a Chow test on a regression in order to see whether there is a structural break. I am a bit stumped however as my Chow test returns a negative number. Now what do I do?

More specifically, this expression (from the Wikipedia entry for the Chow test):


turns out negative for me.

EDIT: It turns out it was a simple programming error.

  • $\begingroup$ Does your regression has an intercept? Omitting intercept sometimes can cause problems. Also could you post reproducible example? It is clear that you made an error, as @onestop pointed out, but with example available it may be possible to point out where the error is exactly. $\endgroup$
    – mpiktas
    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:29
  • $\begingroup$ Cheers! Thanks for your edit. Simple programming errors are the biggest enemy of scientific progress :) $\endgroup$
    – mpiktas
    Apr 7, 2012 at 20:29

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You've made a mistake somewhere in your calculations. It's not possible for the sum of the squared residuals from a single regression using the combined data to be less than the sum of the sums of squared residuals from the regressions using the two separate sets of data.


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