# model.matrix() (PR#285)

**J.C.Rougier@durham.ac.uk
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J.C.Rougier@durham.ac.uk

*Wed, 22 Sep 1999 12:32:12 +0200 (MET DST)*

I was alarmed to discover that model.matrix.default() can permute columns
with respect to the formula. This seems to happen with user-defined
components of the formula. Thus
X <- matrix(1:4, 1, 4, dimnames = list(NULL, LETTERS[1:4]))
Q <- function(x) x^2 # because model.matrix() does not like, eg, A:A
model.matrix(~ -1 + A + A:B + Q(C), data.frame(X))
has columns ordered A, Q(C), and A.B, not A, A.B, Q(C), as you might
expect (and I certainly expected!). This appears to happen .Internal-ly.
While on the subject, would it be reasonable to standardise the names of
interaction terms to be A:B not A.B, to match the terms in the formula.
Cheers, Jonathan.
Jonathan Rougier Science Laboratories
Department of Mathematical Sciences South Road
University of Durham Durham DH1 3LE
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