The HPLOGISTIC procedure forms the log-likelihood functions of the various models as

where is the log-likelihood contribution of the th observation with weight and is the value of the frequency variable. For the determination of and , see the WEIGHT and FREQ statements. The individual log-likelihood contributions for the various distributions are as follows.

The HPLOGISTIC procedure computes the log-likelihood function for the th binary observation as

Here, is the probability of an event, and the variable takes on the value 1 for an event and the value 0 for a non-event. The inverse link function maps from the scale of the linear predictor to the scale of the mean. For example, for the logit link (the default),

You can control which binary outcome in your data is modeled as the event with the response-options in the MODEL statement, and you can choose the link function with the LINK= option in the MODEL statement.

If a WEIGHT statement is given and denotes the weight for the current observation, the log-likelihood function is computed as

The HPLOGISTIC procedure computes the log-likelihood function for the th binomial observation as

where and are the values of the events and trials of the th observation, respectively. measures the probability of events (successes) in the underlying Bernoulli distribution whose aggregate follows the binomial distribution.

The multinomial distribution modeled by the HPLOGISTIC procedure is a generalization of the binary distribution; it is the distribution of a single draw from a discrete distribution with possible values. The log-likelihood function for the th observation is thus deceptively simple:

In this expression, denotes the number of response categories (the number of possible outcomes) and is the probability that the th observation takes on the response value associated with category . The category probabilities must satisfy

and the constraint is satisfied by modeling categories. In models with ordered response categories, the probabilities are expressed in cumulative form, so that the last category is redundant. In generalized logit models (multinomial models with unordered categories), one category is chosen as the reference category and the linear predictor in the reference category is set to zero.