[R] lmList and missing values
henrik.parn at bio.ntnu.no
Fri Aug 18 16:27:25 CEST 2006
I have a question on handling of missing values in lmList. My data set
have continuous predictor and response, x and y, and a grouping variable
group.id. All these variables have NAs and the data set also has several
other variables that also contains NAs.
To create the lmList-object seems to work fine:
y.list <- lmList(y ~ x | group.id, data=mydata, na.action=na.omit)
However, when I try to apply functions on the object such as coef or
intervals it fails:
Error in !unlist(lapply(coefs, is.null)) :
invalid argument type
If I beforehand select only the variables (still including missing
values) used as arguments in lmList...
mydata2 <- mydata[ , c("x", "y", "group")]
...and use mydata2 in lmList as above, coef and intervals works fine.
In order to provide a reproducible example, I made a small test data
set. This data set contained the same pattern of NAs as in my real data
set, i.e. NAs in both used and unused variables. The example turned out
to be not very illustrative though, because strange enough
'na.action=na.omit' works just fine on the small test data set so I
don't bother to include it here...
I have not encountered any problems to apply other functions, such as lm
or lme, to my data set.
Any idea what causes the error?
A related problem seems to have occured before, although it is not clear
if different na.action options was tried in this case:
Thanks in advance for any help!
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