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RELDIST: Stata module for relative distribution analysis


  • Ben Jann

    () (University of Bern)


reldist estimates and analyzes the relative distribution of outcomes between two groups (two-sample relative distribution) or between two variables (paired relative distribution). The relative distribution is the distribution of the relative ranks that the outcomes from one distribution take on in the other distribution. An example would be the relative positions that female wages take on in the distribution of male wages. reldist can be used to estimate and plot the relative density function (relative PDF), a histogram of the relative distribution, or the relative distribution function (relative CDF). Furthermore, it computes relative polarization indices as well as descriptive statistics of the relative data, and supports the decomposition of the relative distribution by adjusting for location, scale, and shape differences or for differences in covariate distributions.

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  • Ben Jann, 2020. "RELDIST: Stata module for relative distribution analysis," Statistical Software Components S458775, Boston College Department of Economics, revised 19 Oct 2020.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:bocode:s458775
    Note: This module should be installed from within Stata by typing "ssc install reldist". The module is made available under terms of the GPL v3 ( Windows users should not attempt to download these files with a web browser.

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