[R] nls

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Wed Jul 20 04:25:14 CEST 2005

On 7/19/05, ekhous at po-box.mcgill.ca <ekhous at po-box.mcgill.ca> wrote:
> Dear R-helpers,
> I am trying to estimate a model that I am proposing, which consists of putting
> an extra hidden layer in the Markov switching models. In the simplest case the
> S(t) - Markov states - and w(t) - the extra hidden variables - are independent,
> and w(t) is constant. Formally the model looks like this:
> y(t)=c(1,y[t-1])%*%beta0*w+c(1,y[t-1])%*%beta1*(1-w). So I ran some simulations
> to obtain the y's, and I am putting it into the nls:
> res<-nls(y~(a+b*x)*w+(c+d*x)*(1-w),start=list(a=1,b=0.3,c=-1,d=-0.2,w=0.5))
> and the starting parameter values are similar to the ones I used for
> simulations, however I am getting
> Error in nlsModel(formula, mf, start) : singular gradient matrix at initial
> parameter estimates

Your model is not identifiable.  You are using 5 parameters to describe 
a two dimensional model -- in fact, y is linear in x so anything beyond 
the intercept and slope are redundant, viz. a singular gradient.

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