[R] multinom(): likelihood of model?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat May 14 07:41:08 CEST 2005

By definition, the deviance is minus twice the maximized log-likelihood 
plus a const.  In any of these models for discrete data, the saturated 
model predicts exactly, so the const is zero.

There are worked examples in MASS4, the book multinom() supports.

On Fri, 13 May 2005, Brooks Miner wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm working on a multinomial (or "polytomous") logistic regression using R 
> and have made great progress using multinom() from the nnet library.  My 
> response variable has three categories, and there are two different possible 
> predictors.  I'd like to use the likelihoods of certain models (ie, 
> saturated, fitteds, and null) to calculate Nagelkerke R-squared values for 
> various fitted models.
> My question today is simple: once I have fitted a model using multinom(), how 
> do I find the likelihood (or log likelihood) of my fitted model?  I 
> understand that this value must be part of the $deviance or $AIC components 
> of the fitted model, but my understanding is too limited at this point for me 
> to know how to calculate the likelihood of my fitted model from either of 
> these outputs.
> Thanks in advance to any assistance offered.  I'd be happy to provide an 
> example of my data and multinom() entries if that would help.
> Gratefully,
> - Brooks
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