[R] What does this error message mean?
wdunlap at tibco.com
Tue Aug 4 00:43:12 CEST 2009
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> [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of Hongwei Dong
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> Subject: [R] What does this error message mean?
> Hi, I used R to run a linear regression and keep getting the
> following error
> message. I do not understand it very well. Anyone can help
> out? Thanks.
> Error in storage.mode(y) <- "double" :
> invalid to change the storage mode of a factor
> In addition: Warning message:
> In model.response(mf, "numeric") :
> using type="numeric" with a factor response will be ignored
I see the words 'response' , 'factor', and 'numeric' in that message
and think that it has to do with lm() only being defined for numeric
response variables, not factor (categorical) responses. E.g.,
> d<-data.frame(fac=letters[c(1:3,1:3)], x=1:6)
> lm(data=d, fac~x)
Error in storage.mode(y) <- "double" :
invalid to change the storage mode of a factor
In addition: Warning message:
In model.response(mf, "numeric") :
using type="numeric" with a factor response will be ignored
If you had showed us your dataset and your command we
could say for sure if this was the problem. The error message
alone is rarely as informative as this one.
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