Treating an outcome variable as continuous data

If an outcome variable is numeric data that doesn’t reflect categorical data, it is probably appropriate to treat it as continuous data. It can then be estimated with a linear model with optional weights, with an event-count model, or with a failure-time model.

To treat an outcome variable as continuous data:

  1. In the Model view, select the outcome variable you wish to treat as continuous data
  2. Choose Model > Outcome Variable and ensure that Treat as Categories is unchecked

By default, a linear model is used. There are other options available from the pop-up button labeled Model, including:

If the outcome is a date column, then only two models will be available: linear, and proportional hazards. When a proportional hazards model is selected, the date is taken to be the failure time.

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