[R] gam error

natalieh fbsnch at leeds.ac.uk
Thu Jun 3 13:24:39 CEST 2010

Hi all,

I'm trying to use a gam (mgcv package) to analyse some data with a roughly U
shaped curve. My model is very simple with just one explanatory variable:


However I just keep getting the error message

"Error in smooth.construct.tp.smooth.spec(object, dk$data, dk$knots) : 
  A term has fewer unique covariate combinations than specified maximum
degrees of freedom"

Just wondering if anyone had come across this before/ could offer any advice
on where the problem might lie

Many thanks,


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