Overdispersion in the poisson regression model: A comparative simulation study

Alfonso Palmer, J. M. Losilla, J. Vives, R. Jiménez

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This simulation study compares different strategies to solve the problem of underestimating standard errors in the Poisson regression model when overdispersion is present. The study analyses the importance of sample size, Poisson distribution mean, and dispersion parameter in choosing the best index or estimate. Results show that standard error (SE) estimates obtained by resampling (nonparametric bootstrap and jackknife) are the least biased, followed by the direct index based on the χ 2, and the so-called robust indexes, in third place. Nevertheless, the inefficiency of resampling estimates is also evident, especially in small samples. © 2007 Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-99
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • Direct indexes
  • Jackknife
  • Nonparametric bootstrap
  • Overdispersion
  • Robust indexes


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