[Rd] Different behavior of model.matrix between R 3.2 and R3.1.1
Charles C. Berry
ccberry at ucsd.edu
Wed Jun 17 04:26:42 CEST 2015
On Tue, 16 Jun 2015, Frank Harrell wrote:
> Terry Therneau has been very helpful on r-help but we can't figure out what
> change in R in the past months made extra columns appear in model.matrix when
> the terms object is subsetted to remove stratification factors in a Cox
> model. Terry has changed his logic in the survival package to avoid this
> issue but he requires generating a larger design matrix then dropping
> columns.
>
> A simple example is below.
>
>
> strat <- function(x) x
> d <- expand.grid(a=c('a1','a2'), b=c('b1','b2'))
> d$y <- c(1,3,2,4)
> f <- y ~ a * strat(b)
> m <- model.frame(f, data=d)
> Terms <- drop.terms(terms(f, data=d), 2)
> model.matrix(Terms, m)
>
> (Intercept) aa2 aa1:strat(b)b2 aa2:strat(b)b2
> 1 1 0 0 0
> 2 1 1 0 0
> 3 1 0 1 0
> 4 1 1 0 1
> . . .
>
> The column corresponding to a='a1' b='b2' should not be there
> (aa1:strat(b)b2).
>
> This does seem to be a change in R. Any help appreciated.
I get the same results with "Trick or Treat" == R 2.15.2, so the change
must be before late 2012.
HTH,
Chuck
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