[R] Nonlinear regression question

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Aug 14 09:15:40 CEST 2000

On 12 Aug 2000, Douglas Bates wrote:

> Please allow me to discuss some background on the methods.  I don't
> want to get too professorial about this but I would like to emphasize
> that there are good reasons for not doing such calculations.  You may
> also want to read Bill Venables' excellent "Exegeses on Linear Models"
> for more background on silly things done with linear and nonlinear
> model fits.  (Bill, where can your exegeses be found?)

We have put a copy up at


as the original Web reference (the 1998 S-PLUS User's Conference)
seems inaccessible at present.

Bill commented that he thought it was only marginally relevent to the
present issue, but I thoroughly recommend it as background reading anyway.

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