[R] how to suppress the intercept in an lm()-like formula method?
Duncan Murdoch
murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Tue Jan 29 15:25:45 CET 2013
On 29/01/2013 9:14 AM, Michael Friendly wrote:
> To partly answer my own question: It wasn't that hard to hack the
> result of model.matrix() to remove the intercept,
>
> remove.intercept <- function(x) {
> if (colnames(x)[1] == "(Intercept)") {
> x <- x[,-1]
> attr(x, "assign") <- attr(x, "assign")[-1]
> }
> x
> }
I think you need to do some of the low level calculations yourself,
specifically the "terms" calculation.
For example, this forces no intercept, regardless of what the user
specifies. You might prefer just to change the default to no intercept
and allow the user to use "+1" to add one, which looks harder...
# .... set formula to the user's formula ...
# Now modify it to suppress the intercept:
class(formula) <- c("nointercept", class(formula))
terms.nointercept <- function(x, ...) {
result <- NextMethod(x, ...)
attr(result, "intercept") <- 0
result
}
Now lm(formula) does a fit with no intercept.
Duncan Murdoch
>
> However, the model frame and therefore the model terms stored in the
> object are wrong, still including the intercept:
>
> Browse[1]> str(mt)
> Classes 'terms', 'formula' length 3 cbind(SAT, PPVT, Raven) ~ n + s + ns
> + na + ss
> ..- attr(*, "variables")= language list(cbind(SAT, PPVT, Raven), n,
> s, ns, na, ss)
> ..- attr(*, "factors")= int [1:6, 1:5] 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 ...
> .. ..- attr(*, "dimnames")=List of 2
> .. .. ..$ : chr [1:6] "cbind(SAT, PPVT, Raven)" "n" "s" "ns" ...
> .. .. ..$ : chr [1:5] "n" "s" "ns" "na" ...
> ..- attr(*, "term.labels")= chr [1:5] "n" "s" "ns" "na" ...
> ..- attr(*, "order")= int [1:5] 1 1 1 1 1
> ..- attr(*, "intercept")= int 1
> ..- attr(*, "response")= int 1
> ..- attr(*, ".Environment")=<environment: R_GlobalEnv>
> ..- attr(*, "predvars")= language list(cbind(SAT, PPVT, Raven), n, s,
> ns, na, ss)
> ..- attr(*, "dataClasses")= Named chr [1:6] "nmatrix.3" "numeric"
> "numeric" "numeric" ...
> .. ..- attr(*, "names")= chr [1:6] "cbind(SAT, PPVT, Raven)" "n" "s"
> "ns" ...
> Browse[1]>
>
>
> On 1/29/2013 8:44 AM, Michael Friendly wrote:
> > I'm trying to write a formula method for canonical correlation analysis,
> > that could be called similarly to lm() for
> > a multivariate response:
> >
> > cancor(cbind(y1,y2,y3) ~ x1+x2+x3+x4, data=, ...)
> > or perhaps more naturally,
> > cancor(cbind(y1,y2,y3) ~ cbind(x1,x2,x3,x4), data=, ...)
> >
> > I've adapted the code from lm() to my case, but in this situation, it
> > doesn't make sense to
> > include an intercept, since X & Y are mean centered by default in the
> > computation.
> >
> > In the code below, I can't see where the intercept gets included in the
> > model matrix and therefore
> > how to suppress it. There is a test case at the end, showing that the
> > method fails when called
> > normally, but works if I explicitly use -1 in the formula. I could hack
> > the result of model.matrix(),
> > but maybe there's an easier way?
> >
> > cancor <- function(x, ...) {
> > UseMethod("cancor", x)
> > }
> >
> > cancor.default <- candisc:::cancor
> >
> > # TODO: make cancisc::cancor() use x, y, not X, Y
> > cancor.formula <- function(formula, data, subset, weights,
> > na.action,
> > method = "qr",
> > model = TRUE,
> > x = FALSE, y = FALSE, qr = TRUE,
> > contrasts = NULL, ...) {
> >
> > cl <- match.call()
> > mf <- match.call(expand.dots = FALSE)
> > m <- match(c("formula", "data", "subset", "weights", "na.action"),
> > names(mf), 0L)
> > mf <- mf[c(1L, m)]
> >
> > mf[[1L]] <- as.name("model.frame")
> > mf <- eval(mf, parent.frame())
> >
> > mt <- attr(mf, "terms")
> > y <- model.response(mf, "numeric")
> > w <- as.vector(model.weights(mf))
> > if (!is.null(w) && !is.numeric(w))
> > stop("'weights' must be a numeric vector")
> >
> > x <- model.matrix(mt, mf, contrasts)
> > # fixup to remove intercept???
> > z <- if (is.null(w))
> > cancor.default(x, y, ...)
> > else stop("weights are not yet implemented") # lm.wfit(x, y, w, ...)
> >
> > z$call <- cl
> > z$terms <- mt
> > z
> > }
> >
> > TESTME <- FALSE
> > if (TESTME) {
> >
> > # need to get latest version, 0.6-1 from R-Forge
> > install.packages("candisc", repo="http://R-Forge.R-project.org")
> > library(candisc)
> >
> > data(Rohwer)
> >
> > # this bombs: needs intercept removed
> > cc <- cancor.formula(cbind(SAT, PPVT, Raven) ~ n + s + ns + na + ss,
> > data=Rohwer)
> > ## Error in chol.default(Rxx) :
> > ## the leading minor of order 1 is not positive definite
> >
> > #this works as is
> > cc <- cancor.formula(cbind(SAT, PPVT, Raven) ~ -1 + n + s + ns + na +
> > ss, data=Rohwer)
> > cc
> > ## Canonical correlation analysis of:
> > ## 5 X variables: n, s, ns, na, ss
> > ## with 3 Y variables: SAT, PPVT, Raven
> > ##
> > ## CanR CanRSQ Eigen percent cum
> > ## 1 0.6703 0.44934 0.81599 77.30 77.30
> > ## 2 0.3837 0.14719 0.17260 16.35 93.65
> > ## 3 0.2506 0.06282 0.06704 6.35 100.00
> > ##
> > ## Test of H0: The canonical correlations in the
> > ## current row and all that follow are zero
> > ##
> > ...
> > }
> >
> >
>
>
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