Non Proportional Odds Models are Widely Dispensable -- Sparser Modeling based on Parametric and Additive Location-Shift Approaches
The potential of location-shift models to find adequate models between the proportional odds model and the non-proportional odds model is investigated. It is demonstrated that these models are very useful in ordinal modeling. While proportional odds models are often too simple, non proportional odds models are typically unnecessary complicated and seem widely dispensable. The class of location-shift models is also extended to allow for smooth effects. The additive location-shift model contains two functions for each explanatory variable, one for the location and one for dispersion. It is much sparser than hard-to-handle additive models with category-specific covariate functions but more flexible than common vector generalized additive models.