# Re: [R] Specify a correct formula in R for Piecewise Linear Functions?

From: Thomas Lumley <tlumley_at_u.washington.edu>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 07:58:46 -0800 (PST)

On Tue, 1 Jan 2008, Charles C. Berry wrote:
> On Tue, 1 Jan 2008, zhijie zhang wrote:
>
>> Dear all,
>> I have two variables, y and x. It seems that the relationship between them
>> is Piecewise Linear Functions. The cutpoint is 20. That is, when x<20, there
>> is a linear relationship between y and x; while x>=20, there is another
>> different linear relationship between them.
>> How can i specify their relationships in R correctly?
>> # glm(y~I(x<20)+I(x>=20),family = binomial, data = point) something like
>> this?
>
> Try this:
>
>> library(splines)
>> fit <- glm( y ~ bs( x, deg=1, knots=20 ), family=binomial)
>

For example, in

-thomas

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