
ABSFCONV=value

specifies the absolute function convergence criterion. Convergence requires a small change in the loglikelihood function
in subsequent iterations,
where is the value of the loglikelihood function at iteration i.
By default, ABSFCONV=1E–12. You can also specify the FCONV=
and XCONV=
criteria; optimizations are terminated as soon as one criterion is satisfied.

ADDTOBS

adds the observed sufficient statistic to the sampled exact distribution if the statistic was not sampled. This option has
no effect unless the METHOD=NETWORKMC
option is specified and the ESTIMATE
option is specified in the EXACT
statement. If the observed statistic has not been sampled, then the parameter estimate does not exist; by specifying this
option, you can produce (biased) estimates.

BUILDSUBSETS

builds every distribution for sampling. By default, some exact distributions are created by taking a subset of a previously
generated exact distribution. When the METHOD=NETWORKMC
option is invoked, this subsetting behavior has the effect of using fewer than the desired n samples; see the N= option
for more details. Use the BUILDSUBSETS option to suppress this subsetting.

EPSILON=value

controls how the partial sums are compared. value must be between 0 and 1; by default, value=1E–8.

FCONV=value

specifies the relative function convergence criterion. Convergence requires a small relative change in the loglikelihood
function in subsequent iterations,
where is the value of the log likelihood at iteration i.
By default, FCONV=1E–8. You can also specify the ABSFCONV=
and XCONV=
criteria; if you specify more than one criterion, then optimizations are terminated as soon as one criterion is satisfied.

MAXTIME=seconds

specifies the maximum clock time (in seconds) that PROC GENMOD can use to calculate the exact distributions. If the limit
is exceeded, the procedure halts all computations and prints a note to the SAS log. The default maximum clock time is seven
days.

METHOD=keyword

specifies which exact conditional algorithm to use for every EXACT
statement specified. You can specify one of the following keywords:
 DIRECT

invokes the multivariate shift algorithm of Hirji, Mehta, and Patel (1987). This method directly builds the exact distribution, but it can require an excessive amount of memory in its intermediate
stages. METHOD=DIRECT is invoked by default when you are conditioning out at most the intercept.
 NETWORK

invokes an algorithm described in Mehta, Patel, and Senchaudhuri (1992). This method builds a network for each parameter that you are conditioning out, combines the networks, then uses the multivariate
shift algorithm to create the exact distribution. The NETWORK method can be faster and require less memory than the DIRECT
method. The NETWORK method is invoked by default for most analyses.
 NETWORKMC

invokes the hybrid network and Monte Carlo algorithm of Mehta, Patel, and Senchaudhuri (1992). This method creates a network, then samples from that network; this method does not reject any of the samples at the cost
of using a large amount of memory to create the network. METHOD=NETWORKMC is most useful for producing parameter estimates
for problems that are too large for the DIRECT and NETWORK methods to handle and for which asymptotic methods are invalid—for
example, for sparse data on a large grid.

N=n

specifies the number of Monte Carlo samples to take when you specify the METHOD=NETWORKMC
option. By default, n = 10,000. If PROC GENMOD cannot obtain n samples because of a lack of memory, then a note is printed in the SAS log (the number of valid samples is also reported
in the listing) and the analysis continues.
The number of samples used to produce any particular statistic might be smaller than n. For example, let X1 and X2 be continuous variables, denote their joint distribution by f(X1,X2), and let f(X1  X2 = x2) denote the marginal distribution of X1 conditioned on the observed value of X2. If you request the JOINT
test of X1 and X2, then n samples are used to generate the estimate (X1,X2) of f(X1,X2), from which the test is computed. However, the parameter estimate for X1 is computed from the subset of (X1,X2) that has X2 = x2, and this subset need not contain n samples. Similarly, the distribution for each level of a classification variable is created by extracting the appropriate
subset from the joint distribution for the CLASS
variable.
In some cases, the marginal sample size can be too small to admit accurate estimation of a particular statistic; a note is
printed in the SAS log when a marginal sample size is less than 100. Increasing n increases the number of samples used in a marginal distribution; however, if you want to control the sample size exactly,
you can either specify the BUILDSUBSETS
option or do both of the following:

Remove the JOINT
option from the EXACT
statement.

Create dummy variables in a DATA step to represent the levels of a CLASS
variable, and specify them as independent variables in the MODEL
statement.

NOLOGSCALE

specifies that computations for the exact conditional models be computed by using normal scaling. Log scaling can handle numerically
larger problems than normal scaling; however, computations in the log scale are slower than computations in normal scale.

ONDISK

uses disk space instead of random access memory to build the exact conditional distribution. Use this option to handle larger
problems at the cost of slower processing.

SEED=seed

specifies the initial seed for the random number generator used to take the Monte Carlo samples when you specify the METHOD=NETWORKMC
option. The value of the SEED= option must be an integer. If you do not specify a seed, or if you specify a value less than
or equal to 0, then PROC GENMOD uses the time of day from the computer’s clock to generate an initial seed.

STATUSN=number

prints a status line in the SAS log after every number of Monte Carlo samples when you specify the METHOD=NETWORKMC
option. The number of samples that are taken and the current exact pvalue for testing the significance of the model are displayed. You can use this status line to track the progress of the
computation of the exact conditional distributions.

STATUSTIME=seconds

specifies the time interval (in seconds) for printing a status line in the SAS log. You can use this status line to track
the progress of the computation of the exact conditional distributions. The time interval that you specify is approximate;
the actual time interval varies. By default, no status reports are produced.

XCONV=value

specifies the relative parameter convergence criterion. Convergence requires a small relative parameter change in subsequent
iterations,
where
and is the estimate of the jth parameter at iteration i.
By default, XCONV=1E–4. You can also specify the ABSFCONV=
and FCONV=
criteria; if more than one criterion is specified, then optimizations are terminated as soon as one criterion is satisfied.