smoothCon {mgcv} | R Documentation |

## Prediction/Construction wrapper functions for GAM smooth terms

### Description

Wrapper functions for construction of and prediction from smooth terms in a GAM. The purpose of the wrappers is to allow user-transparant re-parameterization of smooth terms, in order to allow identifiability constraints to be absorbed into the parameterization of each term, if required. The routine also handles ‘by’ variables and construction of identifiability constraints automatically, although this behaviour can be over-ridden.

### Usage

```
smoothCon(object,data,knots=NULL,absorb.cons=FALSE,
scale.penalty=TRUE,n=nrow(data),dataX=NULL,
null.space.penalty=FALSE,sparse.cons=0,
diagonal.penalty=FALSE,apply.by=TRUE,modCon=0)
PredictMat(object,data,n=nrow(data))
```

### Arguments

`object` |
is a smooth specification object or a smooth object. |

`data` |
A data frame, model frame or list containing the values of the
(named) covariates at which the smooth term is to be
evaluated. If it's a list then |

`knots` |
An optional data frame supplying any knot locations to be supplied for basis construction. |

`absorb.cons` |
Set to |

`scale.penalty` |
should the penalty coefficient matrix be scaled to have
approximately the same ‘size’ as the inner product of the terms model matrix
with itself? This can improve the performance of |

`n` |
number of values for each covariate, or if a covariate is a matrix,
the number of rows in that matrix: must be supplied explicitly if |

`dataX` |
Sometimes the basis should be set up using data in |

`null.space.penalty` |
Should an extra penalty be added to the smooth which will penalize the components of the smooth in the penalty null space: provides a way of penalizing terms out of the model altogether. |

`apply.by` |
set to |

`sparse.cons` |
If |

`diagonal.penalty` |
If |

`modCon` |
force modification of any smooth supplied constraints. 0 - do nothing. 1 - delete supplied constraints, replacing with automatically generated ones. 2 - set fit and predict constraint to predict constraint. 3 - set fit and predict constraint to fit constraint. |

### Details

These wrapper functions exist to allow smooths specified using
`smooth.construct`

and `Predict.matrix`

method
functions to be re-parameterized so that identifiability constraints are no
longer required in fitting. This is done in a user transparent
manner, but is typically of no importance in use of GAMs. The routine's
also handle `by`

variables and will create default identifiability
constraints.

If a user defined smooth constructor handles `by`

variables itself, then its
returned smooth object should contain an object `by.done`

. If this does not exist
then `smoothCon`

will use the default code. Similarly if a user defined `Predict.matrix`

method handles `by`

variables internally then the returned matrix should have a
`"by.done"`

attribute.

Default centering constraints, that terms should sum to zero over the covariates, are produced unless
the smooth constructor includes a matrix `C`

of constraints. To have no constraints (in which case
you had better have a full rank penalty!) the matrix `C`

should have no rows. There is an option to
use centering constraint that generate no, or limited infil, if the smoother has a sparse model matrix.

`smoothCon`

returns a list of smooths because factor `by`

variables result in multiple copies
of a smooth, each multiplied by the dummy variable associated with one factor level. `smoothCon`

modifies
the smooth object labels in the presence of `by`

variables, to ensure that they are unique, it also stores
the level of a by variable factor associated with a smooth, for later use by `PredictMat`

.

The parameterization used by `gam`

can be controlled via
`gam.control`

.

### Value

From `smoothCon`

a list of `smooth`

objects returned by the
appropriate `smooth.construct`

method function. If constraints are
to be absorbed then the objects will have attributes `"qrc"`

and
`"nCons"`

. `"nCons"`

is the number of constraints. `"qrc"`

is
usually the qr decomposition of the constraint matrix (returned by
`qr`

), but if it is a single positive integer it is the index of the
coefficient to set to zero, and if it is a negative number then this indicates that
the parameters are to sum to zero.

For `predictMat`

a matrix which will map the parameters associated with
the smooth to the vector of values of the smooth evaluated at the covariate
values given in `object`

.

### Author(s)

Simon N. Wood simon.wood@r-project.org

### References

https://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~swood34/

### See Also

`gam.control`

,
`smooth.construct`

, `Predict.matrix`

### Examples

```
## example of using smoothCon and PredictMat to set up a basis
## to use for regression and make predictions using the result
library(MASS) ## load for mcycle data.
## set up a smoother...
sm <- smoothCon(s(times,k=10),data=mcycle,knots=NULL)[[1]]
## use it to fit a regression spline model...
beta <- coef(lm(mcycle$accel~sm$X-1))
with(mcycle,plot(times,accel)) ## plot data
times <- seq(0,60,length=200) ## creat prediction times
## Get matrix mapping beta to spline prediction at 'times'
Xp <- PredictMat(sm,data.frame(times=times))
lines(times,Xp%*%beta) ## add smooth to plot
## Same again but using a penalized regression spline of
## rank 30....
sm <- smoothCon(s(times,k=30),data=mcycle,knots=NULL)[[1]]
E <- t(mroot(sm$S[[1]])) ## square root penalty
X <- rbind(sm$X,0.1*E) ## augmented model matrix
y <- c(mcycle$accel,rep(0,nrow(E))) ## augmented data
beta <- coef(lm(y~X-1)) ## fit penalized regression spline
Xp <- PredictMat(sm,data.frame(times=times)) ## prediction matrix
with(mcycle,plot(times,accel)) ## plot data
lines(times,Xp%*%beta) ## overlay smooth
```

*mgcv*version 1.9-1 Index]