[Rd] glm start/offset bugs (PR#1422)

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri, 29 Mar 2002 19:32:53 +0000 (GMT)

On Fri, 29 Mar 2002, Brett Presnell wrote:

> Prof Brian D Ripley writes:
> >
> > Yes, thought has been given, and the code has been looked at. (People
> > do look at R code you know, even if they don't jump in to change it
> > after a few hour's use.)
> Sorry. No insult intended.
> > Given the time pressures, this is not going to get looked at for
> > 1.5.0.
> Does this mean that my patch will not make it in either?  Berwin's

Probably not.  People seem very reluctant to deal with bugs these days.

> work is obviously more complicated and requires more attention and
> careful reading to check.  My changes actually only have an effect if
> both an offset and a starting value are given, and clearly the current
> version falls down badly in that case anyway.
> > I have long thought that given the history of problems maintaining
> > glm() that it might be easier to rewrite it for scratch.  Having
> > .null versions serves no useful purpose, for example.
> Yes, having ploughed around in the code a bit, I'm very sympathetic to
> this view.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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