[R] gam and ordination (vegan and labdsv surf and ordisurf)

stephen sefick ssefick at gmail.com
Thu Nov 20 13:41:45 CET 2008

I have a general question about using thin plate splines in the surf
and ordisurf routines.  My rudimentary knowledge of a gam is that with
each predictive variable there is a different smooth for each one and
then they are added together with no real interaction term (because
they don't handle this well?).  Now,  If I have two variables that
have a high D^2 score and a low GCV score (I am thinking of this as a
goodness of fit which may be wrong) I would like to add these together
to produce one surface fitted to the ordination.  Is this possible?
Am I going down the right track?  Any help is greatly appreciated.

Stephen Sefick
Research Scientist
Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy

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