[R] lm without intercept

peter dalgaard pdalgd at gmail.com
Sun Jul 29 09:41:04 CEST 2012

On Feb 18, 2011, at 14:20 , Jan wrote:

> One of the references you googled suggests that intercepts should never
> be omitted. Is this true even if I know that the physical reality behind
> the numbers suggests an intercept of zero?

No. That'll be a piece of pragmatic advice caused by the experience that people too often get it wrong and e.g. try to remove anything with a high p-value from a model.

If your model meaningfully implies a zero intercept, as it does in some physical and biological models (no displacement at time zero, no growth at zero sunlight, etc.) then of course you can fit a model that incorporates this knowledge. 

Peter Dalgaard, Professor,
Center for Statistics, Copenhagen Business School
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