[Rd] summary of lme4.0 model in package

ONKELINX, Thierry Thierry.ONKELINX at inbo.be
Thu Apr 3 12:09:16 CEST 2014

Dear all,

My package has Depends: lme4.0 in the DESCRIPTION. I need to extract the fixed effect of a model and their standard errors. I use coef(summary(model)) inside a function to do that. Model is the output of a call to glmer() from the lme4.0 package.

coef(summary(model)) throws an error: $ operator is invalid for atomic vectors

I have tracked it down to a problem with summary(model) because str(summary(model)) gives this

Classes 'summaryDefault', 'table'  Named chr [1:3] "1" "mer" "S4"
  ..- attr(*, "names")= chr [1:3] "Length" "Class" "Mode"

But it should return

Formal class 'summary.mer' [package "lme4.0"] with 42 slots
  ..@ methTitle: chr "Generalized linear mixed model fit by the Laplace approximation"
  ..@ logLik   :Class 'logLik' : -2265 (df=12)
--- output snipped ---

What puzzles me is that the function gives the error when called from the package, but works fine when I source the code of the function manually.

#this fails
#this works

Any idea on what is going wrong and how to fix this?

R version 3.0.2 (2013-09-25)
Platform: i386-w64-mingw32/i386 (32-bit)

[1] LC_COLLATE=Dutch_Belgium.1252  LC_CTYPE=Dutch_Belgium.1252    LC_MONETARY=Dutch_Belgium.1252
[4] LC_NUMERIC=C                   LC_TIME=Dutch_Belgium.1252

attached base packages:
[1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base

other attached packages:
[1] sendmailR_1.1-2   base64enc_0.1-1   ABV_0.2-21        lme4.0_0.999999-4 lattice_0.20-28   Matrix_1.1-3

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
 [1] AFLP_0.4.0-66       colorspace_1.2-4    dichromat_2.0-0     digest_0.6.4        Epi_1.1.63
 [6] fortunes_1.5-2      ggplot2_0.  grid_3.0.2          gridExtra_0.9.1     gtable_0.1.2
[11] labeling_0.2        lme4_1.1-5          lubridate_1.3.3     MASS_7.3-30         memoise_0.1
[16] mgcv_1.7-28         minqa_1.2.3         multcomp_1.3-2      munsell_0.4.2       mvtnorm_0.9-9997
[21] nlme_3.1-115        permute_0.8-3       plyr_1.8.1          proto_0.3-10        RColorBrewer_1.0-5
[26] Rcpp_0.11.1         RcppEigen_0. reshape_0.8.4       reshape2_1.2.2      RODBC_1.3-10
[31] sandwich_2.3-0      scales_0.2.3        seqinr_3.0-9        signal_0.7-3        splines_3.0.2
[36] stats4_3.0.2        stringr_0.6.2       survival_2.37-7     TH.data_1.0-3       tools_3.0.2
[41] vegan_2.1-41        watervogels_0.5-51  xtable_1.7-3        zoo_1.7-11

Best regards,


ir. Thierry Onkelinx
Instituut voor natuur- en bosonderzoek / Research Institute for Nature and Forest
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