[R-pkgs] rockchalk_1.5.4 posted

From: Paul Johnson <pauljohn_at_ku.edu>
Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:31:42 -0500


rockchalk is a collection of functions to facilitate presentation of regression models. It includes some functions that I have been circulating for quite some time (such as "outreg") as well as several others. The main aim is to allow people who do not understand very much R to survive a course in intermediate regression analysis. The examples included with the functions include more than the usual amount of detail.

This version features

  1. a full vignette called "rockchalk" that illustrates many of the functions in the package. The vignette includes an explanation of why mean-centering and residual-centering do not help with the "inessential multicollinearity" problem that concerns users of regression models in which there are interactions or squared terms.
  2. a function "summarize" that is intended to remedy some of the shortcomings I perceive in R's summary function.

The package is not coordinated with any particular textbook and should help in any class in which students are expected to estimate regression models, summarize them in professional-looking tables, and conduct various follow up diagnostics.


plotSlopes & testSlopes: draw "simple slopes" graphs and conduct hypothesis tests for moderator variables.

plotCurves: an attempt to provide a "termplot" replacement that allows plots that incorporate mediators.

plotPlane: a wrapper for persp to plot regressions in 3d (similar to scatterplot3d)

standardize, meanCenter, residualCenter: after fitting a non-centered model, use these to experiment with the benefits (or lack thereof) that flow from centering.

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