[Rd] naresid.exclude query

Simon Wood s.wood at bath.ac.uk
Fri Jan 14 15:52:09 CET 2011

  x <- NA
  na.act <- na.action(na.exclude(x))
  y <- rep(0,0)

... currently produces the result...

... whereas the documentation might lead you to expect

The behaviour is caused by the line 
  if (length(x) == 0L) return(x)

in `stats:::naresid.exclude'. Removing this line results in the behaviour I'd 
expected in the above example (and in a test example where `x' is a zero row 

Is the coded behaviour necessary for some reason? Could it be changed (so that 
my example produces NA)? The reason I ask is that I use `napredict' in 
mgcv:predict.gam, and someone complained that if he predicts using newdata 
that is all NA, then he doesn't get what he expected (he has a pretty good 
reason for doing this). Part of the problem with predict.gam in this case was 
my code, but once I fixed that I ran up against the above problem.  

Actually, I just checked the source code and the line of naresid.exclude that 
causes the problem already has this comment after it....
  # << FIXME? -- reconstructing all NA object
... so I guess I'm really asking if there is any chance of fixing this soon, 
or whether I should just code up a work-around for predict.gam?


> Simon Wood, Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY UK
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