Re: [Rd] (PR#14066) model.frame error with formula=~1 and na.action=na.fail

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 11:41:47 +0000 (GMT)

Thank you for the report -- but a bit more investigation of the root cause would have been even more helpful: this is not 'model.frame error', nor even reported by R as such.

The issue was that complete.cases() did not know how to find the number of rows of a 0-column data frame (it knew nothing about data frames). That has been changed in R-patched and R-devel, together with a more informative error message in other cases where the number of rows is unspecified.

On Sun, 15 Nov 2009, Sebastian.Wastl.Meyer_at_campus.lmu.de wrote:

> Full_Name: Sebastian Meyer
> Version: 2.10.0
> OS: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
> Submission from: (NULL) (77.135.124.96)
>
>
> When using model.frame (model.frame.default) on an intercept-only model and with
> na.action=na.fail SPECIFIED, i.e.
>
> data(iris)

That line is unnecessary: 'iris' is a visible object in package 'datasets'.

> model.frame( ~ 1, data = iris, na.action = na.fail)
>
> one gets the following error:
>
> Error in complete.cases(object) : negative length vectors are not allowed
>
> There is no error if the na.action argument is left UNSPECIFIED (though the
> default value also is na.fail!):
>
> model.frame( ~ 1, data = iris)
>
> In either case, there should be no error. Specifing other na.action functions
> (na.omit, na.pass, na.exclude) works.
> If there is at least one (non-intercept) variable in the formula, e.g.
>
> model.frame( ~ 1 + Species, data = iris, na.action = na.fail)
>
> there is obviously no issue.
>
> Best regards,
> Sebastian Meyer
>
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