[R] cv.glm error function

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Jul 20 16:53:32 CEST 2007

On Fri, 20 Jul 2007, Rachel Davidson wrote:

> I have a couple quick questions about the use of cv.glm for
> cross-validation.
> 1. If we have a Poisson GLM with counts Y~Poisson(mu) and
> ln(mu)=beta0+beta1*x1+..., is the prediction error (delta) that is output
> from cv.glm provided in terms of the counts (y) or the (mu)?

It is of prediction error as measured by the cost function.  Since y and 
mu are on the same scale I wonder if you meant was it on log scale?  If 
so, it is on the response scale.

The default cost function is probably not appropriate for a log-linear 

> 2. Can cv.glm be used for negative binomial models fit using glm.nb? It
> appears to work, but since NB models aren't strictly GLM's I wanted to
> check.

NB models are strictly glms, but glm.nb estimates parameters that glm does 
not, so no.

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