[Rd] standard errors from glm (PR#3180)

mcneney at db.math.sfu.ca mcneney at db.math.sfu.ca
Wed Jun 4 01:50:16 MEST 2003

In the iterative weighted least squares loop of the glm.fit function,
a QR decomposition of the matrix X*sqrt(w) is obtained at each iteration,
using fitted values of the mean response mu from the previous interation. 
Here "X" is the design matrix, w = wt*(d(mu)/d(eta))/variance(mu), 
"wt" is the vector of weights, and "d(mu)/d(eta)" is the derivative 
of mu wrt the linear predictor eta.  Upon convergence, the most recent 
QR decomposition of X*sqrt(w) is returned and this is later used by 
the function summary.glm to compute standard errors.

The QR decomposition being returned by glm.fit uses the fitted values from 
parameter estimates at the (final-1)st iteration. But don't we want 
fitted values from parameter estimates at the final iteration?  
I tried inserting the following lines upon completion of the iterative 
weighted least squares loop:

    mu.eta.val <- mu.eta(eta)
    w <- sqrt((weights[good] * mu.eta.val[good]^2)/variance(mu)[good])
    newQR<-qr(x[good, ] * w)

My standard errors based on newQR$qr agree with the standard
errors I had computed manually from the final fits.
Has anyone else encountered this issue? Thanks in advance 
for any clarifications.


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 platform = i686-pc-linux-gnu
 arch = i686
 os = linux-gnu
 system = i686, linux-gnu
 status = 
 major = 1
 minor = 7.0
 year = 2003
 month = 04
 day = 16
 language = R

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