[R] Loess

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Mar 23 20:54:52 CET 2003

On Sun, 23 Mar 2003, Davorka Gulisija wrote:

> I am using Loess.smooth (Modreg) in order to infer certain relationship

I presume you mean loess.smooth in package modreg?  (People do sometimes 
modify functions and (un-)capitalize the names.)

> for the data set of ~130,000 observations with ~300 distinct values of
> single predictor. I understand that fitted values (y-hat) are just 300
> Weighted LS fits in certain neighborhood of predictors. 

That is not what ?loess.smooth says it does, and it does what its help 
says not what you claim -- you seem to be confusing loess.smooth with 

> I am bit confused about
> how exactly is this neighborhood assigned . Say I choose spanning
> parameter = .5, for each LS analysis 75000 observations should be used.
> However, intuitively it doesn't seem right since points are not equally
> distributed among predictors and there are many observations for a single
> value of predictor.
> I would appreciate if someone could clear this for me.

The help pages and their references will help you clear up your confusion:  
the source code is the ultimate authority.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
1 South Parks Road,                     +44 1865 272866 (PA)
Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

More information about the R-help mailing list