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Contents
 Question 1: When have no confidence that you can lift yourself by the Bootstrap?
 Question 2: Visualize Your Poor Marginlized Conditional Love
 Problem 3: Linear Regression
 Question 4: Is the Incumbent of the House in?
 Interpretable Regressions
 Interpretable Regressions
 4.1 Explain the coefficient of Incumbency
 4.2 Carry out the linear regression
DP ~ DP1 + I + P
for all the year pairs  4.3 Bootstrap a distribution for the coefficient of I for 19901988
 4.4 Inference using pvalues over time
 4.5 Carry out the linear regression with an interaction between the previous elections democratic fraction and this elections incumbency, for all the year pairs
Harvard University
Fall 2018
Instructors: Rahul Dave
**Due Date: ** Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at 11:59pm
Instructions:

Upload your final answers in the form of a Jupyter notebook containing all work to Canvas.

Structure your notebook and your work to maximize readability.
import numpy as np
import scipy.stats
import scipy.special
import matplotlib
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import matplotlib.mlab as mlab
from matplotlib import cm
import pandas as pd
%matplotlib inline
Question 1: When have no confidence that you can lift yourself by the Bootstrap?
Coding required
The idea behind nonparametric bootstrapping is that sampling distributions constructed via the true data generating process should be very close to sampling distributions constructed by resampling. We mentioned in lab that one edge cases for bootstrapping is calculating order statistics. Let’s explore this edgecase.
1.1. Suppose you have ${X_1, X_2, … X_n}$ datapoints such that $X_i$ are independently and identically drawn from a $Unif(0, \theta)$. Consider the extreme order statistic Y = $X_{(n)}$ = max($X_1, X_2, … X_n$). Write an expression for the distribution $f_Y(Y  \theta)$. 
1.2. Derive $\hat{\theta}$ the maximum likelihood estimate for $\theta$ given datapoints ${X_1, X_2, … X_n}$.
1.3. To see an alternate potential estimator use the distribution you derived in 1.1. to find an expression for the unbiased estimate of theta.
1.4. Use scipy/numpy to generate 100 samples {$X_i$} from Unif(0,1) (i.e. let $\theta$ = 1) and store them in the variable original_xi_samples
. Based on your data sample, what’s the empirical estimate for $\theta$.
1.6. Use nonparametric bootstrap to generate a sampling distribution of 1000 estimates for theta. Plot a histogram of your sampling distribution. Make sure to title and label the plot.
1.7. Is your histogram smooth? From visual inspection does it seem like a good representation of a sampling distribution?
1.8. So far we’ve used a “natural” version of calculating bootstrap confidence intervals – the percentile method. In this situation is it possible for the “true” value of $\theta$ to be in the confidence interval? In order to remedy this we’ll use a alternate confidence interval version called the pivot confidence interval. The pivot confidence interval is defined as [$2\hat{\theta} \hat{\theta}^_{(0.975)},2\hat{\theta} \hat{\theta}^_{(0.025)}$]. Is the true value contained in this interval?
Question 2: Visualize Your Poor Marginlized Conditional Love
Coding required
Read the data set contained in Homework_3_Data.txt. Each data point is a twodimensional vector, $\mathbf{x} = (x_1, x_2)$.
2.1. Make a 2D visualization of the empirical distribution of the data.
2.2. We assume that the data was generated by some probability distribution (pdf). Visualize that pdf, $f_X$.
2.3. Visualize the conditional distribution defined by $f_{x_2 \mid x_1}$ for $x_1 \in [3.99, 4.01]$.
2.4. Visualize the mariginal distribution defined by $f_{x_1}$.
2.5. Empirically estimate the mean of the distribution $f_{x_1}$. Estimate, also the SE (standard error) of the estimate.
2.6. Empirically estimate the standard deviation of the distribution $f_{x_2 \mid x_1}$, for $x_1 \in [3.99, 4.01]$. Estimate, also the SE (standard error) of the estimate.
2.7. Given the SE, How many digits in your standard deviation estimate are significant? Explain why.
In obtaining estimates for this problem we want you to
 define a function called get_bootstrap_sample(dataset) to generate each bootstrap sample
 and then another function perform_bootstrap(dataset) to generate all the samples.
They should both take as parameters the dataset from which you’ll be drawing samples. perform_bootstrap should call get_bootstrap_sample and return a sequence of bootstrap samples. get_bootstrap_sample should return an individual bootstrap sample.
Problem 3: Linear Regression
Consider the following base Regression class, which roughly follows the API in the python package scikitlearn
.
Our model is the the multivariate linear model whose MLE solution or equivalent cost minimization was talked about in lecture:
where $y$ is a length $n$ vector, $X$ is an $m \times p$ matrix created by stacking the features for each data point, and $\beta$ is a $p$ length vector of coefficients.
The class showcases the API:
$fit(X, y)$: Fits linear model to $X$ and $y$.
$get_params()$: Returns $\hat{\beta}$ for the fitted model. The parameters should be stored in a dictionary with keys “intercept” and “coef” that give us $\hat{\beta_0}$ and $\hat{\beta_{1:}}$. (The second value here is thus a numpy array of coefficient values)
$predict(X)$: Predict new values with the fitted model given $X$.
$score(X, y)$: Returns $R^2$ value of the fitted model.
$set_params()$: Manually set the parameters of the linear model.
class Regression(object):
def __init__(self):
self.params = dict()
def get_params(self, k):
return self.params[k]
def set_params(self, **kwargs):
for k,v in kwargs.items():
self.params[k] = v
def fit(self, X, y):
raise NotImplementedError()
def predict(self, X):
raise NotImplementedError()
def score(self, X, y):
raise NotImplementedError()
3.1. In a jupyter notebook code cell below we’ve defined and implemented the class Regression
. Inherit from this class to create an ordinary least squares Linear Regression class called AM207OLS. Your class will implement an sklearnlike api. It’s signature will look like this:
class OLS(Regression):
Implement fit
, predict
and score
. This will involve some linear algebra. (You might want to read up on pseudoinverses before you directly implement the linear algebra on the lecure slides).
The $R^2$ score is defined as:
Where:
where ${y_i}$ are the original data values, $\hat{y_i}$ are the predicted values, and $\bar{y_i}$ is the mean of the original data values.
3.2. We’ll create a synthetic data set using the code below. (Read the documentation for make_regression
to see what is going on).
Verify that your code recovers these coefficients approximately on doing the fit. Plot the predicted y
against the actual y
. Also calculate the score using the same sets X
and y
. The usage will look something like:
lr = OLS()
lr.fit(X,y)
lr.get_params['coef']
lr.predict(X,y)
lr.score(X,y)```
```python
from sklearn.datasets import make_regression
import numpy as np
np.random.seed(99)
X, y, coef = make_regression(30,10, 10, bias=1, noise=2, coef=True)
coef
array([ 76.6568183 , 77.67682678, 63.78807738, 19.3299907 ,
59.01638708, 53.13633737, 28.77629958, 10.01888939,
9.25346811, 59.55220395])
Question 4: Is the Incumbent of the House in?
We shall consider US House data from 1896 to 1990. This dataset was compiled for Gelman, Andrew, and Gary King. “Estimating incumbency advantage without bias.” American Journal of Political Science (1990): 11421164.. Why incumbency and why the house? The house gives us lots of races in any given year to validate our model, and in elections which happen every two years, where demography hasn’t changed much, incumbency is a large effect, as might be the presence of a national swing (which we would capture in an intercept in a regression).
Let us, then, imagine a very simplified model in which the democratic party’s fraction of the vote in this election, for seat(county) $i$, at time $t$ years, $d_{i,t}$, is a linear combination of the democratic party’s fraction of the vote in the previous election, at time $t2$, $d_{i, t2}$, and a categorical variable $I_{i,t}$, which characterizes the nature of the candidate running in this election:
We use the statsmodels formula notation:
DP1 ~ DP + I
.
This means linear regress DP, the democratic fraction of the vote this time around for a given house seat on DP1 which is the democratic fraction the previous time around and I, a “factor” or categorical(nominal) variable with 3 levels.
In mathematical notation this regression is:
where $d_{i, t2}$ is the democratic fraction in county $i$ at the previous election, and $I_{i,t}$ is the factor above which tells us if (and from which party: 1 for dems, 1 for reps) an incumbent is running. We want to find $\beta_0,\beta_1,\beta_2$.
Notice that we are regressing on a discrete variable I
. This incumbency factor takes values 1, 1, or 0. As such it only changes the intercept of the regression. You can think of it as 3 regression lines, one for each subpopulation of incumbency, with their slope constrained to be the same. An intercept of $\beta_0$ for open seats, $\beta_2+\beta_0$ for Democratic incumbents and $\beta_2+\beta_0$ for Republican incumbents.
You then think a little bit more and realize that, for example, in many conservative districts you will have a republican elected whether he/she is an incumbent or not. And you now realize that our analysis does not consider the party of the incumbent. So you decide to fix this
Lets define $P_{t,i}$ as the party in power right now before the election at time $t$, i.e. the party that won the election at time $t2$ in county $i$. It takes on values:
We can do this regression instead:
DP1 ~ DP + I + P
, where
$P$ represents the incumbent party, i.e. the party which won the election in year t−2.
In mathematical notation we have:
where $P_{t,i}$ is the party in power right now before the election at time $t$, i.e. the party that won the election at time $t2$ in county $i$. The value of $P$ is 1 for democrats, and 1 for republicans.
Interpretable Regressions
One can say that the coefficient of $I$ now more properly captures the ￼effect of incumbency, after controlling for party.
Regression coefficients become harder to interpret with multiple features. The meaning of any given coefficient depends on the other features in the model. Gelman and Hill advise: Typical advice is to interpret each coefficient “with all the other predictors held constant.”[Gelman, Andrew; Hill, Jennifer (20061225). Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models] Economists like to use the phrase “ceteris paribus” to describe this.
The way to do this is interpretation to look at the various cases and explain what the coefficients of $P$ and $I$ mean. Let us at first set $I$ to 0 meaning no incumbents and explain what the coefficients of $P$ mean. We are then fitting:
which for the $P=1$ (Democrat party winning the past election) case, gives us:
and, for the $P=1$ (Republican party winning the past election) case, gives us:
You can see that $\beta_3$ then captures half the difference in the effect between democrats and republicans that comes from just having the party incumbent. It tells us that, with respect to the national swing measure $\beta_0$, whats the party effect for republicans and democrats. It does it very poorly by splitting the difference between the democratic and republican party effects and being constant across seats, but its a start.
pairs=[
(1898,1896),
(1900,1898),
(1904,1902),
(1906,1904),
(1908, 1906),
(1910, 1908),
(1914, 1912),
(1916, 1914),
(1918, 1916),
(1920, 1918),
(1924, 1922),
(1926, 1924),
(1928, 1926),
(1930, 1928),
(1934, 1932),
(1936, 1934),
(1938, 1936),
(1940, 1938),
(1944, 1942),
(1946, 1944),
(1948, 1946),
(1950, 1948),
(1954, 1952),
(1956, 1954),
(1958, 1956),
(1960, 1958),
(1964, 1962),
(1966, 1964),
(1968, 1966),
(1970, 1968),
(1974, 1972),
(1976, 1974),
(1978, 1976),
(1980, 1978),
(1984, 1982),
(1986, 1984),
(1988, 1986),
(1990, 1988)
]
Each CSV file has the following information:
 a number for the state
 a number for the district
 D1 and R1, the dem and repub percentages in the past election, and I1 the incumency back then
 D and R, the dem and repub percentages in the present election, and I the incumbency now
 P, the incumbent party from the past election in that seat, 1 for democrats, 1 for republicans
 PNOW, the party which won the current election, 1 for democrats, 1 for republicans
 A variable we’ll call $T$ (for treatment),where we want to decide if we should replace an incumbent for a new candidate, or not.
(This column is not used in this homework)
pairframes={}
for p in pairs:
key = str(p[0])+""+str(p[1])
pairframes[key] = pd.read_csv("data/{}.csv".format(key))
To get warmed up, let us consider the 19881990 election pair.
pairframes['19901988'].head()
To carry out the linear regression we’ll use statsmodels
from python, using the ols
, or Ordinary Least Squares method defined there.
We use the statsmodels
formula notation. DP ~ DP1 + I
means linear regress DP
, the democratic fraction of the vote this time around for a given house seat on DP1
which is the democratic fraction the previous time around and I
, a “factor” or categorical(nominal) variable with 3 levels:
import statsmodels.api as sm
from statsmodels.formula.api import glm, ols
ols_model = ols('DP ~ DP1 + I', pairframes['19901988']).fit()
ols_model
ols_model.summary()
Interpretable Regressions
One can say that The coefficient of I
now more properly captures the ￼effect of incumbency, after controlling for party.
Regression coefficients become harder to interpret with multiple features. The meaning of any given coefficient depends on the other features in the model. Gelman and Hill advise: Typical advice is to interpret each coefficient “with all the other predictors held constant.”[Gelman, Andrew; Hill, Jennifer (20061225). Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models] Economists like to use the phrase “ceteris paribus” to describe this.
The way to do this is interpretation to look at the various cases and explain what the coefficients of P
and I
mean. Let us at first set I
to 0 meaning no incumbents and explain what the coefficients of P
mean.
We are then fitting:
which for the $P=1$ (Democrat party winning the past election) case, gives us:
and, for the $P=1$ (Republican party winning the past election) case, gives us:
You can see that $\beta_3$ then captures half the difference in the effect between democrats and republicans that comes from just having the party incumbent. It tells us that, with respect to the national swing measure $\beta_0$, whats the party effect for republicans and democrats. It does it very poorly by splitting the difference between the democratic and republican party effects and being constant across seats, but its a start.
4.1 Explain the coefficient of Incumbency
Use a similar argument to the one above.
(Note that setting $I$ to 1 also constrains $P$ to 1, but the reverse is not true as we saw above).
your answer here
4.2 Carry out the linear regression DP ~ DP1 + I + P
for all the year pairs
Present the results in a dataframe ols_frame
. Comment on the trend in the incumbency coefficients after 1960.
(FORMAT: This dataframe has columns yp
, the yearpair string (the keys of the dictionary of frames), the year for which we do the regression year
(the higher year in the pair), the formula
, which is just repeated, and the Rsquared in R2
for each regression, as well as the parameters of the regression and the pvalues for the regression (for the name of the column here prefix the parameter with p_
to denote the pvalue).)
# your code here
# your code here
your answer here
4.3 Bootstrap a distribution for the coefficient of I for 19901988
Plot a histogram of the distribution* of the coefficient. Also print the the 2.5th and 97.5th quantile of the distribution to give a nonparametric confidence interval, plotting these on the histogram. What conclusions can you draw?
(Hint: Bootstrap involves sampling with replacement from the data and recalculating the quantity of interest, in our case the regression. This will give you a new coefficient for each regression. If you’re interested in using the method for more complex applications it if imperative to familiarize with the assumptions, this is a good start, but this article is also helpful.)
#your code here
4.4 Inference using pvalues over time
Ofcourse, another more classic way of doing this same inference is though the regression itself – it give us pvalues. These are values from a ttest that asks if the coefficient is different from 0. The regression machinery assumes Normality of errors for this purpose. Lets assume the Normality and do an inference on all the years in our regression. The assumption used to calculate these pvalues are: for each model (in our case year
), the errors at each point of the regression are uncorrelated and follow a Normal distribution. We shall assume these to be true for now (in real life you ought to be checking a plot of residuals as well).
Generally we’d like the pvalues to be vanishingly small as they represent the probability that we observed such an extreme incumbency effect purely by chance. Have a look at the Wikipedia page on pvalues for a quick reminder.
Furthermore, when constructing results like this (where there are many tests considered at once) there are other concerns to take into account. One such concern is the issue of multiple testing. This is important because when we start dealing with a large number of hypotheses jointly the probability of making mistakes gets larger, hence we should be more stringent about what it means for a result to be significant. One such correction is the Bonferroni Correction which provides a new bound for deciding significance. Instead of asking the classic question: is the pvalue < $0.05$?, this considers instead a stricter bound, we ask: is pvalue < $0.05/H$. Where $H$ is the number of hypotheses being considered, in our case $H = 38$ (the number of years) – this is a much higher bar for significance.
Plot a graph of incumbency (I
) coefficient pvales for every year. Use this plot to study if the coefficients after 1960 are significantly different from 0. (Plot them in log scale for easier viewing of small numbers. Also draw lines at $\log(0.05)$ and $\log(0.05/38)$ for reference). Interpret your results.
#your code here
your answer here
4.5 Carry out the linear regression with an interaction between the previous elections democratic fraction and this elections incumbency, for all the year pairs
Is the regression complete? Or do we need more features?
Recall that our model is fairly restrictive, the different incumbency groups are allowed to have different intercepts but the new candidate group, $I = 0$ is equally between the two incumbency groups. Furthermore, the incumbency groups are not allowed different slopes, meaning the effect of the previous elections Democratic fraction (DP1
) is assumed the same for all incumbency groups. This may not be the case.
In the figure below we can see that in fact the different groups seem to have not only different intercepts, but also possibly different slopes.
sns.lmplot(x="DP1", y="DP", hue = "I", data=pairframes['19901988'], size = 7, aspect=1.2)
**Carry out the regression with an between the previous elections democratic fraction and this elections incumbency, for each year pair. Is there evidence for interaction? How can you know for sure? **
(HINT: In mathematical notation this regression is:
In statsmodels
notation, we wish to carry out the regression:
DP ~ DP1 + I + P + DP1:I
)
#your code here
#your code here
your answer here