[R] Prediction Intervals (reposting)

Roger Koenker roger at ysidro.econ.uiuc.edu
Sat Aug 16 20:51:09 CEST 2003

The usual assumption in regression is that noise is iid, that is has the same
distribution except for a location shift at all values of x.  Prediction intervals
adopting this premise are based on an average of the noise over the whole sample
and thus produce the result you see in your figure.

Your model is what I would call a linear location scale model, that is both
location and scale of the noise are linear in x...one way to generate prediction bands
for this sort of model is to fit conditional quantile functions.  Here is an


the resulting band contains 80 percent of the sample observations.  You can
get some further details from ?rq and the references their.

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On Sat, 16 Aug 2003, Ronnen Levinson wrote:

> (I'm reposting this message because the original has not appeared after
> about 2 days. Sorry if it shows up twice.)
> Hello.
> First, thanks to those who responded to my recent inquiry about using
> contour() over arbitrary (x,y) by mentioning the interp() function in
> the akima package. That worked nicely. Now for a new question:
> I would like to use a pair of prediction intervals to graphically bound
> the noise in some y(x) measurements. Here's an artificial example
> showing a function y(x)=x + noise, where the noise diminishes as x
> increases from 0 to 1.
>     x=seq(0,1,0.01)
>     y=x+runif(length(x),-1,1)*((1-x)/5)
>     fit=lm(y ~ 1 + x)
>     pred=predict(fit, interval="prediction")
>     matplot(x,pred,type="l",ylab="y")
>     points(x,y)
> I would have expected the lower and upper prediction intervals to
> converge as x increases (and the noise decreases), but they seem to
> remain virtually equidistant. Can anyone explain (a) the behavior that I
> see, and (b) how to obtain curves that do bound the noise?
> Thanks,
> Ronnen.
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