[R-sig-ME] Port algorithm in nls

Luis Orlindo Tedeschi luis.tedeschi at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 19 02:05:02 CEST 2008

Folks, I'd like to hear comments about a statement in the help and manual of
R 2.7 about the port algorithm in the nls function.

It says: "The algorithm = "port" code appears unfinished, and does not even
check that the starting value is within the bounds. Use with caution,
especially where bounds are supplied."

IF, and only IF, it is unfinished how reliable are the estimates of the
parameters and why does R 2.7 have it?

It sounds confusing to me... Mainly because most of my fittings are done
with port and I do use the bound statement. Sometimes port is faster than
Gauss-Newton... but now I am confused.

I tried to get more info in Bates and Chambers (1993) but I could not find
it clearly.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance...


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