[R] problems with nls function

From: Yimeng Lu <yl2058_at_columbia.edu>
Date: Fri 15 Jul 2005 - 13:19:55 EST


I was trying to fit a generalized logistic curve and my code for testing if the function "nls" is working is like this
#define the generalized logistic curve function
glogit=function(a, b, c, m, t, x)


tmp = 1/(1 + t * exp(-b * (x - m)))^(1/t)

model.func = a + tmp * c

#define the gradient vector

Z = cbind(1, c*(x-m)*tmp^(t+1)*exp(-b*(x-m)), tmp, -c*b*exp(-b*(x-m)) *temp^(t+1), -c*tmp*(1/t)* (log(tmp) + tmp^(-t) * exp(-b(x-m))))




a= 0






y=a + c/(1 + t * exp(-b * (x - m)))^(1/t) + rnorm(16, sd=0.01)

plot(data.frame(x=x, y=y), type = "p", col = "red")

nls(y ~ glogit(a, b, c, m, t, x), data=data.frame(y=y,x=x), start=list(a=1, b=2, c=3, m=1, t=0, x), trace=T)


When I ran this code, I got the error "Error in assign(i, temp, envir = env) : attempt to use zero-length variable name". What does this error mean? How should I fix it?

Many thanks.

Hanna Lu

Dept. of Biostatistics

Columbia University

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