[R] glm

Keith Worsley worsley at math.mcgill.ca
Mon Jan 31 16:04:48 CET 2000

       I've downloaded R for windows (9.0.1) and it is great! I've
converted all my lecture notes for my GLM course to run on R (they are
available on my web page below). I must admit I particularly like the
default contrast options, which are identical to GLIM. Also I like the
gl function - very useful! I have a couple of questions/bugs:

1. predict.glm doesn't work, but predict.lm does - actually all I am
after is the equivalent of the GLIM

     $extract %vl

command, which I want to get from


A bit clumsy - is there a better way? I'm using it to calculate
'deleted' residuals:


2. What are you actually using as an estimator of the dispersion
parameter? Is it dev/df, or is it sum((Y-mu)^2/V(mu))/df?

3. It would be very nice to be able to fix the dispersion parameter in
advance, before using summary(glm). You might know that the data is
exponential, in which case you want to fix the gamma dispersion
parameter to 1, or you might have a previous value from another
analysis, or you might want to cope with extra-binomial/poisson
variation by using dev/df. Is there an easy way of doing this? In GLIM,
you just say $cal %sc= ...

4. I don't think AIC is stricly correct. My understanding of AIC is that
it is the log likelihood maximised over all the parameters, including
the dispersion parameter. Now the problem is that the mle of the
dispersion parameter for the gamma family (and the exponential family in
general) is really awkward - I think it has to be found by interative
methods, using the derivative of the gamma function - I see from a print
of Gamma that you are using dev/n, but I don't think this is the mle....

5. As a matter of interest, section 9.1 of my notes defines the
poisson-expoential family, with a variance function mu^(3/2), useful for
continuous data with exact zeros. I coded up the family by modifying the
poisson family - seems to work, giving the same values as GLIM, but
again I had to leave AIC blank because it's too awkward to estimate the
dispersion parameter....

Keith Worsley
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