[Rd] LOESS (PR#9064)

ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Jul 7 11:39:34 CEST 2006

On Fri, 7 Jul 2006, lamp at few.eur.nl wrote:

> Hello,
> I found a little BUG in loess <stats>. It does not receive the iterations
> parameter.

Please provide an example demonstrating this 'BUG', as we do ask you to 
do, along with basic information like your name, the version of R, the 
platform ....

> It can be debugged in the following way:

(Not in any sense of `debugged' that my dictionary mentions.)

> ....
> fit <- simpleLoess(y, x, w, span, degree, parametric, drop.square,
>        normalize, control$statistics, control$surface, control$cell,
>        iterations, control$trace.hat)
> Replace argument iterations with control$iterations.

Why?  The code contains a few lines earlier

     iterations <- if(family=="gaussian") 1 else control$iterations

which is the intention.  ?loess.control does say

iterations: the number of iterations used in robust fitting.

> I found also remarkable differences when comparing loess with PROC LOESS
> (in SAS) using the same parameters and variables. It really confuses me.
> Where can I report this?

R-bugs is not a place to ask questions, but bugs in SAS can be reported to 
SAS inc.

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