[R] predict.lm() out-of-sample predictions - problem with data classes

Gero Schwenk gero.schwenk at web.de
Thu Oct 8 08:52:17 CEST 2009

I'm still working on my problem, which also occurs with the predict.lm() 
function. - Providing newdata, which is a data.frame with all variables 
being "numeric", as str() shows, R tells me the following:

ar1.xpred.test.pred <- predict(ar1.xpred.fitted, regdata.test, se.fit = 
Fehler: variable 'lag(ret1)' was fitted with type "numeric" but type 
"nmatrix.1" was supplied
Zusätzlich: Warnmeldung:
'newdata' had 23 rows but variable(s) found have 89 rows

Estimating a model from the test-data and examining, the resulting 
lm-object I found out that the "data classes" switched to "nmatrix.1" - 
while they were "numeric" for the original model using the traning data.

attr(*, "dataClasses")= Named chr [1:4] "nmatrix.1" "nmatrix.1" 
"nmatrix.1" "nmatrix.1"

attr(*, "dataClasses")= Named chr [1:4] "numeric" "numeric" "nmatrix.1" 

I've no clue what the type "nmatrix.1" is and how I could possibly 
manipulate the lm()-object to change this into "numeric". What puzzles 
me is the fact, that both training- and test-data.frames were created 
exactly the same way, even controling the types of their variables.

Can anybody help me out or propose a bypass? I desperately need to make 
some out-of-sample predictions!
Many thanks:

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