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However, when the outer knots are in the tails of the data, extrapolation can still be dangerous. 22 Chapter 2. :-··············... ,-;"' '\ --~-· . \,..? /, / . '\_....... ~. / / ~ . /\ ... . . /·v \// v / "' c .................. , "-.... ' . /' / "\"\ . / :···... 3: Some typical restricted cubic spline functions for k is X (3. Arrows indicate knots. = 3, 4, 5, 6. 25 are normalized, for example, by dividing them by the square of the difference in the outer knots to make all terms have units of X, the ordinary truncated power basis has no numerical difficulties when modern matrix algebra software is used.

If the same number of knots k is used for both predictors, the number of interaction terms is (k- 1) 2 . Examples of various ways of modeling interaction are given in Chapter 10. Spline functions made up of cross-products of all terms of individual spline functions are called tensor splines. 190 The presence of more than two predictors increases the complexity of tests for interactions because of the number of two-way interactions and because of the possibility of interaction effects of order higher than two.

Note that if there is an interaction effect, we know that there is both an age and a sex effect. However, there can also be age or sex effects when the lines are parallel. f. 4-1 Relaxing Linearity Assumption for Continuous Predictors Simple Nonlinear Terms If a continuous predictor is represented, say, as X 1 in the model, the model is assumed to be linear in X 1 . Often, however, the property of Y of interest does not behave linearly in all the predictors. 2: Most Useful Tests for Linear Age x Sex Model Mathematical Statement Null or Alternative Hypothesis Effect of age is independent of sex or Effect of sex is independent of age or Age and sex are additive Age effects are parallel Age interacts with sex Age modifies effect of sex Sex modifies effect of age Sex and age are nonadditive (synergistic) Age is not associated with Y Age is associated with Y Age is associated with Y for either Females or males Sex is not associated with Y Sex is associated with Y Sex is associated with Y for some Value of age Neither age nor sex is associated with Y Either age or sex is associated with Y Ho: {33 = 0 Ho : fJ1 = {33 = 0 Ha : fJ1 =/:.