# [R] general question about plotting multiple regression results

Thomas Lumley tlumley at u.washington.edu
Thu Apr 19 16:37:28 CEST 2007

```On Thu, 19 Apr 2007, Simon Pickett wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I have been bumbling around with r for years now and still havent come up
> with a solution for plotting reliable graphs of relationships from a
> linear regression.

termplot() does this for a range of regression models (without interaction
terms). The "effects" package does it better for linear regression models.

-thomas

> Here is an example illustrating my problem
>
> 1.I do a linear regression as follows
>
> summary(lm(n.day13~n.day1+ffemale.yell+fmale.yell+fmale.chroma,data=surv))
>
> which gives some nice sig. results
>
> Coefficients:
>             Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>|t|)
> (Intercept)  -0.73917    0.43742  -1.690 0.093069 .
> n.day1        1.00460    0.05369  18.711  < 2e-16 ***
> ffemale.yell  0.22419    0.06251   3.586 0.000449 ***
> fmale.yell    0.25874    0.06925   3.736 0.000262 ***
> fmale.chroma  0.23525    0.11633   2.022 0.044868 *
>
> 2. I want to plot the effect of "ffemale.yell", "fmale.yell" and
> "fmale.chroma" on my response variable.
>
> So, I either plot the raw values (which is fine when there is a very
> strong relationship) but what if I want to plot the effects from the
> model?
>
> In this case I would usually plot the fitted values values against the raw
> values of x... Is this the right approach?
>
> fit<-fitted(lm(n.day13~n.day1+ffemale.yell+fmale.yell+fmale.chroma,data=fsurv1))
>
> plot(fit~ffemale.yell)
>
> #make a dummy variable across the range of x
> x<-seq(from=min(fsurv1\$ffemale.yell),to=max(fsurv1\$ffemale.yell), length=100)
>
> #get the coefficients and draw the line
> co<-coef(lm(fit~ffemale.yell,data=fsurv1))
> y<-(co[2]*x)+co[1]
> lines(x,y, lwd=2)
>
> This often does the trick but for some reason, especially when my model
> has many terms in it or when one of the independent variables is only
> significant when the other independent variables are in the equation, it
> gives me strange lines.
>
> Please can someone show me the light?
>
>
> Simon.
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> Simon Pickett
> PhD student
> Centre For Ecology and Conservation
> Tremough Campus
> University of Exeter in Cornwall
> TR109EZ
> Tel 01326371852
>
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