[R] 95% CI bands on a Lowess smoother

S Ellison S.Ellison at lgc.co.uk
Tue Aug 5 13:39:35 CEST 2008

If you use loess instead of lowess, you can get standard errors and
hence approximate confidence bands by using predict.


plx<-predict(loess(dist~speed, data=cars), se=T)

lines(cars$speed,plx$fit+2*plx$s, lty=2) #rough & ready CI
lines(cars$speed,plx$fit-2*plx$s, lty=2)

Mind you, there's absolutely no reason why adjacent values of y should
have anything to do with one another unless the x-axis is meaningful. I
assume your RI's were all collected in some meaningful equi-spaced
sequence or your x has both x- and y- components, 'cos there wouldn't be
much meaning to plot(lowess(RI)) otherwise. 

Steve E

>>> "Gareth Campbell" <gcam032 at gmail.com> 05/08/2008 05:37 >>>
Hi there,

I'm plotting some glass RI values just by plotting


then I put on my lowess smoother


now I want to put on some 95% Confidence Interval bands of the lowess
smoother, but don't know how??


Gareth Campbell
PhD Candidate
The University of Auckland

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E gareth.campbell at esr.cri.nz 
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