[Rd] suggested changes to summary.glm and summary.lm (PR#2776)

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Apr 28 14:29:32 MEST 2003

This is a little tricky, and the issue is with the print methods, not the
return values I believe.

I don't think we want to alter summary.lm nor summary.glm, which in
neither S nor R include aliased coefficients in the coef component (nor
the covariance nor correlation components).  However, S's
print.summary.glm does expand the coef and correl matrices to include NAs
(which I noticed after starting a similar strategy).  However,
print.coefmat prints NAs as empty strings, so my current version shows the
aliased coefficients as a blank row and not via NAs.

Anyone know why print.coefmat suppresses NAs?

I am about to commit a version of the print methods that

- warns of undefined coefficients
- shows them in the coef dispay as NAs
- omits them from the correlation matrix.

On Mon, 14 Apr 2003 jfox at mcmaster.ca wrote:

> Something for the wish list (not really a bug):
> I was reminded of what I see as a problem with summary.glm last 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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