Re: [R] Prediction method for lowess,loess,lokerns,lpepa,ksmooth

From: Gavin Simpson <>
Date: Wed 08 Feb 2006 - 02:04:08 EST

On Tue, 2006-02-07 at 06:24 -0800, Amir Safari wrote:
> Hi Every Body,
> I don't know why some regression functions have no related
> prediction function. For example lowess, loess, lokerns, lpridge,
> lpepa, and ksmooth.
> What could help? Is there any global or wrapper function so that can
> help?
> Regards,
> Amir Safari

loess() /does/ have a predict method [7]:

> methods("predict")

 [1]*                predict.Arima*
 [3] predict.arima0*            predict.glm
 [5] predict.HoltWinters*       predict.lm
 [7] predict.loess*             predict.mlm
 [9] predict.nls*               predict.poly
[11] predict.ppr*               predict.prcomp*
[13] predict.princomp*          predict.smooth.spline*
[15]* predict.StructTS*

   Non-visible functions are asterisked

The other functions (except ksmooth) I can't find in base R 2.2.1- patched, so they are likely from contributed packages. As such, you should contact the package maintainers for help, to make a feature request, or offer your help in writing predict methods for these functions.

?ksmooth states:


     This function is implemented purely for compatibility with S,
     although it is nowhere near as slow as the S function. Better
     kernel smoothers are available in other packages.

So perhaps you could look in the contributed packages section of the CRAN website for something that meets your needs?


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