[R] locfit and memory allocation

From: Mike Hickerson <mhick_at_berkeley.edu>
Date: Tue 05 Apr 2005 - 08:17:10 EST


I am getting memory allocation errors when running a function that uses locfit within a for loop. After 25 or so loops, it gives this error.

"Error: cannot allocate vector of size 281250 Kb"

Running on linux cluster with a Gb of RAM. Problem never happens on my OS X (less memory). The total data is 130 cols by 5000 rows The first 129 cols are response variables, the 130th is the parameter The function fits a local regression between the 129 variables in the ith row of m[ ] to the 129 variables in 5000 rows after m was fed into 130 different vectors called Var1, .....Var129, and PARAMETER.

array <- scan(("DataFile"),nlines=5000)

for (i in 1:200)
function(m[i,c(1,....,129)],PARAMETER,cbind(Var1,...,Var129)seq(1,len=50 00),F)

Any ideas on how to avoid this memory allocation problem would be greatly appreciated. Garbage collection? (or is that too slow?)

Many Thanks in Advance!


Mike Hickerson
University of California
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