[Rd] aliased coefficients in summary.glm

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Apr 14 09:32:10 MEST 2003


This has only just arrived.  It is not a good time to be raising such 
issues (1.7.0 is frozen, so this would have to be for 1.8.0).  Could you 
send it as a wishlist item to R-bugs?  Otherwise it is very likely to be 
forgotten about.


On Thu, 10 Apr 2003, John Fox wrote:

> Dear list members,
> I was reminded of what I see as a problem with summary.glm this week when 
> some of my students fell into a trap in a homework exercise, defining a 
> logit model in which coefficients were aliased. When this happens in lm, 
> summary.lm prints a message ["Coefficients: (1 not defined because of 
> singularities)"], but summary.glm is silent. In both instances, the print 
> methods show aliased coefficients as NA.
> At minimum, I think that it would be desirable for summary.glm to indicate 
> that there's a problem. In addition, I would prefer that both summary.glm 
> and summary.lm include aliased coefficients (as NA) in the table of 
> coefficients.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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