[Rd] naresid.exclude query

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jan 19 13:06:52 CET 2011

There was a reason for that line, as running 'make check' with your 
modification would have shown you.  Sometimes naresid() is called with 
x=NULL.   AFAICS replacing the test with is.null(x) suffices, and I'm 
testing that in R-devel.  If nothing else comes up I will port it to 
R-patched later.

Note that R's own code does not AFAIR call these functions when 
predicting with 'newdata', and a fit with all cases omitted would not 
be very interesting so it is unsurprising no one noticed for >8 years.

On Fri, 14 Jan 2011, Simon Wood wrote:

>  x <- NA
>  na.act <- na.action(na.exclude(x))
>  y <- rep(0,0)
>  naresid(na.act,y)
> ... currently produces the result...
>  numeric(0)
> ... whereas the documentation might lead you to expect
>  NA
> 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
> matrix).
> 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
> -- 
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