R-beta: glm bugs

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Wed Dec 17 00:38:41 CET 1997

Jim Lindsey <jlindsey at luc.ac.be> writes:

> Potential users of the glm function in R0.60 should be aware that a
> number of the bug fixes for glm in R0.50 (offsets, aliases, ...) that I
> sent on the list have not been implemented in R0.60. If they want to
> have (more) correct answers with glm, they should consult the archives
> of the list and make the appropriate corrections.
>   Jim

Um, the offset fixes HAVE been done, but they seem to have gotten
botched up.

This works:

summary(glm(counts ~ outcome + treatment + offset(outcome==1), 

This doesn't:

summary(glm(counts ~ outcome + treatment, family=poisson(),

The glaring bug is in this line in glm():

       offset <- model.offset(mf)

.. which overrides the optional argument whether or not an offset()
term is present in the model formula. Easily fixed, but which offset
should take precedence if both are specified?

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