[R] Probable Error in fmsb package

Anindya Sankar Dey anindya55 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 30 07:35:58 CET 2015

Hi All,

The fmsb package has a function called Variance Inflation Factor and it
states the definition of the function as follows:-

"To evaluate multicolinearity of multiple regression model, calculating the
variance inflation factor (VIF) from the result of lm(). If VIF is more
than 10, multicolinearity is strongly suggested.

​The function computes VIF of a model as 1/(1-R^2) where R^2 is the
coefficient of determination.

Now nowhere in literature I have come across this definition of VIF, as VIF
is always computed at individual variable level. Though the structure is
almost the same, R^2 in theoretical VIF is the partial correlation

​I only came aware when lots of freshers from non statistics background I
interviewed for analytics position answered that the only definition of VIF
they know is 1/(1 - Coeff. of Determination), and there is a R package
which calculates VIF like that.

After researched I found that such a function indeed exist in fmsb package.

Please help me understand has an alternate definition of Variance Inflation
Factor has ever emerged in theory? Does it really make sense to have VIF at
a model level, as it does not help in solving the problem of
multicollinearity during model building.

And if I am right, what steps I should do about it.

Anindya Sankar Dey

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