Re: [R] Non-linear "linear" models?

From: Doran, Harold <>
Date: Mon 25 Jul 2005 - 23:21:10 EST


Even when the model includes polynomial terms as you have below, it is still a linear model because it is linear in the parameters. It is your coefficients that are not linear. There are other functions in R for non-linear models.'non linear')

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Subject: [R] Non-linear "linear" models?


    I'm new to R (though I have spent hours trying to learn how to use it) and also not very knowledgeable
about statistics, so I hope you will excuse what may seem like a very basic question. I'm trying to use R to do an ANOVA analysis for some data with an unbalanced design, and while I was trying to figure that out, I got confused about the purpose of the "lm". All definitions I can find of "linear model" are of the
y = a + b * x + e

  In other words, y is only linear in the dependent variable(s) x. However, the lm model seems to support higher order polynomials, e.g.:

> lm(dist ~ speed + I(speed^2)+I(speed^3), cars)

  Is there some sense in which that model is "linear", or is R's lm() providing extra functionality?


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