Thanks DS, My apologies, I should have been more clear with my calculations. The ORs I posted were calculated from the coefficient results on each of the variables (is that the same as the log-odds?). With the coefficients that were negative I assumed that you simply calculated exp(x) using the absolute value and then kept the negative as some aspect of direction of magnitude. I can see now why you wouldn't do that, thanks for helping clear that up. My coefficients (or log odds?) are X1= -0.54, X2=0.0455, X3= -1.4038 which then give ORs of 0.58, 1.05, and 0.25 respectively, or 58/100, 105/100, and 25/100 If I've already written about the information about which variables each of the components are primarily determined by, then is it not as simple as treating these components as any other continuous variable? How would I go about determining what odds I'm comparing? In your example the outcome set is binary and the odds-ratios make clear sense. What would the odds-ratio mean when there are 3 or more ordinal outcomes? Generally speaking, would they represent some kind of magnitude in terms of the odds of moving up or down on a scale of ordered outcomes? Are the ratio's compared against each other or a specific outcome (for instance, the odds of remaining on level 1 as opposed to moving to levels 2,3,4,5)?
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