[R] Design matrix labels

Thomas Lumley thomas at biostat.washington.edu
Tue Jan 26 00:11:25 CET 1999

On Mon, 25 Jan 1999, John Logsdon wrote:

> If I have two factors A and B with levels '1','2','3' and '1','4','6','8'
> recpectively (note the gaps in the second one).  As factors, the levels
> are named as above while of course the internal codes are (1,2,3) and
> (1,2,3,4) respectively.
> I want to make a design matrix of these as one would in a linear model
> except I can't use lm or glm since the error distribution is not
> tractable. 

You can still use model.frame() and model.matrix() to create design
matrices from formulas.


If your factors A and B are in a data frame you can use the data= argument
to model.frame().

This is what glm() and lm() do internally.

Thomas Lumley
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
University of Washington, Seattle

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