[Rd] summary(lmList) issues

Ben Bolker bbolker at gmail.com
Sun Sep 20 20:52:22 CEST 2015

  Over on StackOverflow someone is trying to get this code to work:

fm2Pixel.lis<-lmList(pixel~day+I(day^2)|Dog, Pixel)

(results: Error in `[<-`(`*tmp*`, use, use, ii, value = lst[[ii]]) :
 subscript out of bounds)


   The problem occurs because one Dog (#9) in the data set only has
data from two days, so the quadratic term is automatically dropped
from the corresponding lm() fit.   (See with(Pixel,table(Dog,day)) )

  nlme::summary.lmList seems to have some reasonably fancy code that
tries to address this, but I haven't been able to get to the bottom of
the problem yet.

  Opinions about submitting this as a bug report (nlme is maintained
by R-core), or other useful input?  It seems reasonable to me, but it
could be argued that this is just an edge case, too bad.  I don't
really mind getting scolded for submitting what is considered, but I'm
trying to do my due diligence.

  Ben Bolker

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