[Rd] (PR#8824) wishlist: summary for regression models to report

ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu May 11 14:40:09 CEST 2006

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You are apparently unaware that 'na.action' is an argument to lm (which 
defaults to the value of an option), and need not only take the value 
'na.omit'.  Your request does not make sense for other possible 
'na.action's except 'na.exclude' (for example those which impute).

However, there is already a mechanism provided for giving a suitable 
message, naprint(), so all you need to do is to instruct the audience of 
your sermon how to make use of it.  You might do better to tell them to 
use na.action=na.fail (as S does and as I advise my students to do), and 
perhaps also to discuss developments in the field in the last 50 years.

For 2.4.0-to-be I have added a line of output in the print.summary.[g]lm 
methods that will add to the information on degrees of freedom based on 

On Mon, 1 May 2006, groemping at tfh-berlin.de wrote:

> Full_Name: Ulrike Grömping
> Version: 2.3.0
> OS: Windows
> Submission from: (NULL) (
> Whenever any observations are excluded from a regression analysis (lm, 
> glm, and other similar procedures) because of missing values, I would 
> find it very useful if this fact is directly visible from the output. I 
> think that the information should not only be available (I can e.g. look 
> at length of the na.action element of the lm object) but that a serious 
> statistical software should draw users' attention to the fact that 
> observations have been excluded.

R is nothing like so dictatorial, but does already provide the tools for 
this viewpoint (as well as for others).

> For convenience, it would also be nice in general if the number of 
> observations used in the analysis is indicated (for lm it is of course 
> possible but a bit awkward to find this number in case of many 
> parameters).

(It is in fact very easy to find: see e.g. the code for logLik.lm.)

> I hope that this will be implemented because it is quite easy to do (as 
> far as I can see). It would make it easier for students and applied 
> researchers to comply with my preaching to always report on the number 
> of valid observations and the portion of values excluded for 
> missingness.

If you want something added to R, please be prepared to contribute a patch 
for it. (I believe you could have learned a lot from doing so, including 
about what is already provided.)

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