[R] Error mean square

Murray Jorgensen maj at waikato.ac.nz
Wed Sep 19 05:28:38 CEST 2001

At 06:56 AM 18-09-01 +0100, Prof Brian D Ripley wrote:
>On Tue, 18 Sep 2001, Murray Jorgensen wrote:
>> If rb.lm is an lm-object, I can access the error mean square as
>> s2 <- sum(rb.lm$residuals^2)/rb.lm$df.residual
>> This seems a bit like hard work for such a commonly wanted quantity. Is
>> there a better way to do this?
>For a model without weights

I know that I didn't ask questions of efficiency, but these two are slower
my proposal, especially the one calling summary.

>BTW, I don't really know what you mean by `error mean square' (I would say
>`residual mean square'), but suspect that when weights are involved you
>want the weighted form which each of these compute.

I can't believe that you have never heard the term `error mean square'. Do you
mean that you find it ambiguous, or that it is to be deprecated for some

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