[R] Fitting models in a loop

Gesmann, Markus Markus.Gesmann at lloyds.com
Tue Aug 1 11:58:42 CEST 2006

```Murray,

How about creating an empty list and filling it during your loop:

mod <- list()
for (i in 1:6) {
mod[[i]] <- lm(y ~ poly(x,i))
print(summary(mod[[i]]))
}

All your models are than stored in one object and you can use lapply to
do something on them, like:
lapply(mod, summary) or lapply(mod, coef)

Kind Regards

Markus Gesmann
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-----Original Message-----
From: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch
[mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of
Bill.Venables at csiro.au
Sent: 01 August 2006 06:16
To: maj at waikato.ac.nz; r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: Re: [R] Fitting models in a loop

Murray,

Here is a general paradigm I tend to use for such problems.  It extends
to fairly general model sequences, including different responses, &c

First a couple of tiny, tricky but useful functions:

subst <- function(Command, ...) do.call("substitute", list(Command,
list(...)))

abut <- function(...)  ## jam things tightly together
do.call("paste", c(lapply(list(...), as.character), sep = ""))

Name <- function(...) as.name(do.call("abut", list(...)))

Now the gist.

fitCommand <- quote({
MODELi <- lm(y ~ poly(x, degree = i), theData)
print(summary(MODELi))
})
for(i in 1:6) {
thisCommand <- subst(fitCommand, MODELi = Name("model_", i), i =
i)
print(thisCommand)  ## only as a check
eval(thisCommand)
}

At this point you should have the results and

objects(pat = "^model_")

should list the fitted model objects, all of which can be updated,
summarised, plotted, &c, because the information on their construction
is all embedded in the call.

Bill.

-----Original Message-----
From: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch
[mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Murray Jorgensen
Sent: Tuesday, 1 August 2006 2:09 PM
To: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: [R] Fitting models in a loop

If I want to display a few polynomial regression fits I can do something

like

for (i in 1:6) {
mod <- lm(y ~ poly(x,i))
print(summary(mod))
}

Suppose that I don't want to over-write the fitted model objects,
though. How do I create a list of blank fitted model objects for later
use in a loop?

Murray Jorgensen
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