Re: [R] GAM and Poisson distribution

From: Ben Bolker <>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2008 01:49:31 -0800 (PST)

sallyr wrote:
> Hi -I'm running a GAM with 7 explanatory variables with a Poisson error
> structure. All of the variables are continuous so I'm getting error
> messages in R.
> cod.fall.full.gam.model<-gam(Kept.CPUE~s(HOUR)+s(LAT_dec)+s(LONG_dec)+s(meantemp_C)+s(meandepth_fa)+s(change_depth)+s(seds),
> data=cod.fall.version2,family=poisson)
> In dpois(y, mu, log = TRUE) ... : non-integer x = 5.325517
> Thanks Sally

If your response variable is an intensity (catch per unit effort) you probably need to
include an offset for the total effort, e.g. something like offset=log(effort)

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