R-alpha: offset in glm not working

Thomas Lumley Thomas Lumley <thomas@biostat.washington.edu>
Fri, 17 Oct 1997 09:19:17 -0700 (PDT)

On Fri, 17 Oct 1997, Comblain muriel wrote:

> >
> >	With the new version of R (septembre), the function glm seems to ignore
> the offset. The ouput is exactly the same with or without the offset
> specification. I tried the same program in the version of april and it
> worked corectly. 
> >

Yes, this is a bug.  The modelling code was changing quite rapidly at
about the time rsept was built, and it ended up without support for

There are two problems. The version of model.frame/model.matrix in
rsept doesn't allow 
and the model.offset() function is broken so that
doesn't work. The second problem is easy to fix 

If you define
model.offset  <- function (x) 
        offsets <- attr(attr(x, "terms"), "offset")
        if (length(offsets) > 0) {
                ans <- 0
                for (i in offsets) ans <- ans + x[[i]]
        else NULL

by adding it to your profile, or by editing the base library
then  glm(y~x,offset=z) will work. 

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