[R] gam error

Jannis bt_jannis at yahoo.de
Thu Jun 3 14:32:09 CEST 2010

How many datapoints do you have? The spline smoothers assume a default of 10 degrees of freedom (i think), so If you have less datapoints than 10 I would guess that you get this error. Same would be true if you have >10 datapoints but many replicates of CoT~incline combinations.

Either reduce the degrees of freedom of the smoother or gather more data ;-).

I would not be too sure about the sense of fitting univariate gams....There should be not too much of a difference to just plotting CoT~incline and fitting some spline to it ( i might be wrong here!)


--- natalieh <fbsnch at leeds.ac.uk> schrieb am Do, 3.6.2010:

> Von: natalieh <fbsnch at leeds.ac.uk>
> Betreff: [R] gam error
> An: r-help at r-project.org
> Datum: Donnerstag, 3. Juni, 2010 11:24 Uhr
> 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:
> m1<-gam(CoT~s(incline))
> 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,
> Natalie
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