[R] Protection stack overflow

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Aug 15 10:55:51 CEST 2006

R has a command-line option to set the ppstack size,

 --max-ppsize=N        Set max size of protect stack to N

Looks like you need to supply this (and it can be done with embedded R)
if the problem persists with current R.

You could also try arima0 or even ar to do the fitting.

On Tue, 15 Aug 2006, Paul Koufalas wrote:

> G'day all.
> I'm a new user of R -- but an arms-length user, as I'm running it from
> Octave via the ROctave interface that Duncan Temple Lang wrote some
> years ago and Stephan Van Der Walt recently updated for use with Octave
> 2.1.71. I'm using R version 2.1.1. ROctave uses libR.so to provide the
> interface. My system is Ubuntu linux 5.10 and I'm using the packages
> that come with this distro.

Note that your version of R is well outdated, and the posting guide did 
ask you to update it BEFORE posting.

> I'm getting a protection stack overflow error when recursively
> calculating AR(p) time series models using the arima() function. The
> recursion is involved because I calculate a new model with each new time
> series data point. (I'm trying to reproduce some results in a research
> paper and this is what they're doing.)
> I've tried setting the expressions parameter to a higher number using
> options(expressions=500000) but I'm still getting this problem with
> stack overflow. I can get about 400-odd iterations and then the overflow
> error appears. I yet haven't tried running the recursion natively in R,
> and I realise I should do that.
> Your advice would be much appreciated.
> Cheers,
> Paul.
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