Re: [R] Kalman Filtering?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Thu 16 Jun 2005 - 02:34:57 EST

On Wed, 15 Jun 2005, Thomas Lumley wrote:

> On Wed, 15 Jun 2005, Spencer Graves wrote:
>> 1. The function "KalmanLike" seems to change its inputs AND
>> PREVIOUSLY MADE copies of the inputs.
> The strange thing is that it changes its inputs. It would be expected that
> this also changed previously made copies. The copies will just be
> references to the same actual object in memory (which is why changing the
> inputs is undesirable).
> Looking at the C code, it does change the a, P, and Pnew components of the
> model. I'm a little reluctant to mess with this code, but an R-level
> work-around should be to replace mod$P with mod$P+0 and so on in the
> call to .Call, as this will force copying.

It is quite intentional: it says so in the sources and there is a Warning in the help file.

It was done to avoid making copies of very large matrices.

Brian D. Ripley,        
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