[R] ergm crashes

Iasonas Lamprianou lamprianou at yahoo.com
Sun Sep 19 14:50:02 CEST 2010

Dear all, I am doing a social network analysis using ergm. I import a rectangular matrix of data and then I build a network using the following command: ng <-network(mat,directed=FALSE)

I then attach vertex names using commands like this: set.vertex.attribute(ng,"SchoolType",mSchType) where SchoolType can take six different/unique values.

Then, I run ergm models successfully using commands like the following:
m3 <- ergm(ng ~ edges+nodefactor("Gender")+nodefactor("SchoolType"))

But if I try to run a command with the parameter nodematch, R crashes with no excuses and no error messages (I use windows Vista and the latest R version and all packages are fully updated). I use commands (and they crash) like the following:
m3 <- ergm(ng ~ edges+ nodefactor("Gender")+ nodematch("SchoolType"))

Can anyone help me with ideas about what might be wrong?  It may be interesting the fact that if I use one of the 'classic' examples, please see below, it does not crash but actually gives results.

Any ideas about how to solve the issue? I suspect that something might be wrong with my data, but I do not know what.

'classic; example that works:
data(faux.mesa.high) # Let’s try a larger network
mesa <- faux.mesa.high
plot(mesa, vertex.col='Grade')
fauxmodel.01 <- ergm(mesa ~edges + nodematch('Grade',diff=T) +nodematch('Race',diff=T)     )

Dr. Iasonas Lamprianou

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