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Article Published: Making the Cut: Comparing Methods for Selecting Cut-Point Location in Logistic Regression

Drs. Brandi A. Weiss and William Dardick published an article titled, "Making the cut: Comparing methods for selecting cut-point location in logistic regression" in the Journal of Experimental Education: Measurement, Statistics, and Research Design (DOI: 10.1080/00220973.2019.1689375).

Classification measures and entropy variants can be used as indicators of model fit for logistic regression. These measures rely on a cut-point, c, to determine predicted group membership. While recommendations exist for determining the location of the cut-point, these methods are primarily anecdotal. The current study used Monte Carlo simulation to compare mis-classification rates and entropy variants across four cut-point selection methods: default 0.5, MAXCC, nonevent rate, and MAXSS. Minimal differences were found between methods when group sizes were equal or large between-groups differences were present. The MAXSS method was invariant to group size ratios, however, yielded the highest total misclassification rate and highest amount of misfit. The 0.5 and MAXCC methods are recommended for use in applied research. Recommendations are provided for researchers concerned with small group classification who may use the MAXSS method. EFR and EFR-rescaled were less influenced by cut-point location than classification methods.

Keywords: logistic regression; model-fit; cut-point methods; entropy; classification; misclassification.

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