[R] GAM Package: preplot.gam taking a **long** time

Paul Check paul at openstreet.com
Mon Aug 14 08:28:48 CEST 2006

Hi: I have a large data set that I'm testing and I'm finding that 
preplot.gam is taking a very long amount of time to compute (like, more 
than 20 minutes). My machine is 32-bit, Debian unstable, 4GB memory, 
dual Xeon 3GHz. While the data set is very large, the gam() procedure is 
able to compute the model without any trouble, in a minute or so. Is 
there any reason why preplot.gam would be so slow? I am not using 
"newdata" in the preplot.gam function, so I am assuming that the memory 
is not a problem. Or could it be?

Is it normal for preplot.gam to take so long on large data sets? I have 
not had this experience with S-Plus, on a lower quality machine, same data.

Thanks, Paul

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