[R] Step.glm() question
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jan 18 00:29:26 CET 2006
There is no step.glm in R!
I suggest that you forget about step.glm, and start afresh with step in R
(which is a cut-down version of MASS's stepAIC rather than emulating
step.glm in S). In particular, it avoids many of the pitfalls of step.glm.
Please do study the posting guide, and tell us your R version and provide
a reproducible example. Without the latter it is almost impossible to
pinpoint the error (if indeed there is one using the current version of
You are using many unnecessary as.formula calls that make your code hard
to read. z ~ x+y is a formula and needs no coercion.
On Tue, 17 Jan 2006, Smith, Phil wrote:
> I am using step.glm() as follows:
> form1 <- as.formula(haspdata ~ 1)
> lg.mod1 <- glm ( formula=form1, data=st.mtx,
> family=binomial , na.action=na.omit )
> upper <- as.formula( haspdata ~ (
> c5+childnm+educ1+incpov1+marital+msa+racekid+racemom+sex+shotcard )^2)
> lower <- as.formula(haspdata~1)
> lst <- list( upper=upper , lower=lower )
> form1a.step <- step(lg.mod1, scope=lst , trace=T ,
> direction="both" )
> I get the following error message in R:
> Error in factor.scope(ffac, list(add = fadd, drop = fdrop)) :
> upper scope does not include model
> Because I am trying to migrate from Splus to R, I ran that same code in
> Splus and do not get an error.
> Could someone please tell me:
> 1) what I'm doing wrong in R, and
> 2) what the distinction between R and Splus is in this case.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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