# loglm

##### Fit Log-Linear Models by Iterative Proportional Scaling

This function provides a front-end to the standard function,
`loglin`

, to allow log-linear models to be specified and fitted
in a manner similar to that of other fitting functions, such as
`glm`

.

##### Usage

`loglm(formula, data, subset, na.action, …)`

##### Arguments

- formula
A linear model formula specifying the log-linear model.

If the left-hand side is empty, the

`data`

argument is required and must be a (complete) array of frequencies. In this case the variables on the right-hand side may be the names of the`dimnames`

attribute of the frequency array, or may be the positive integers: 1, 2, 3, … used as alternative names for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, … dimension (classifying factor). If the left-hand side is not empty it specifies a vector of frequencies. In this case the data argument, if present, must be a data frame from which the left-hand side vector and the classifying factors on the right-hand side are (preferentially) obtained. The usual abbreviation of a`.`

to stand for ‘all other variables in the data frame’ is allowed. Any non-factors on the right-hand side of the formula are coerced to factor.- data
Numeric array or data frame (or list or environment). In the first case it specifies the array of frequencies; in the second it provides the data frame from which the variables occurring in the formula are preferentially obtained in the usual way.

This argument may be the result of a call to

`xtabs`

.- subset
Specifies a subset of the rows in the data frame to be used. The default is to take all rows.

- na.action
Specifies a method for handling missing observations. The default is to fail if missing values are present.

- …
May supply other arguments to the function

`loglm1`

.

##### Details

If the left-hand side of the formula is empty the `data`

argument
supplies the frequency array and the right-hand side of the
formula is used to construct the list of fixed faces as required
by `loglin`

. Structural zeros may be specified by giving a
`start`

argument with those entries set to zero, as described in
the help information for `loglin`

.

If the left-hand side is not empty, all variables on the
right-hand side are regarded as classifying factors and an array
of frequencies is constructed. If some cells in the complete
array are not specified they are treated as structural zeros.
The right-hand side of the formula is again used to construct the
list of faces on which the observed and fitted totals must agree,
as required by `loglin`

. Hence terms such as
`a:b`

, `a*b`

and `a/b`

are all equivalent.

##### Value

An object of class `"loglm"`

conveying the results of the fitted
log-linear model. Methods exist for the generic functions `print`

,
`summary`

, `deviance`

, `fitted`

, `coef`

,
`resid`

, `anova`

and `update`

, which perform the expected
tasks. Only log-likelihood ratio tests are allowed using `anova`

.

The deviance is simply an alternative name for the log-likelihood ratio statistic for testing the current model within a saturated model, in accordance with standard usage in generalized linear models.

##### Warning

If structural zeros are present, the calculation of degrees of
freedom may not be correct. `loglin`

itself takes no action to
allow for structural zeros. `loglm`

deducts one degree of
freedom for each structural zero, but cannot make allowance for
gains in error degrees of freedom due to loss of dimension in the
model space. (This would require checking the rank of the
model matrix, but since iterative proportional scaling methods
are developed largely to avoid constructing the model matrix
explicitly, the computation is at least difficult.)

When structural zeros (or zero fitted values) are present the estimated coefficients will not be available due to infinite estimates. The deviances will normally continue to be correct, though.

##### References

Venables, W. N. and Ripley, B. D. (2002)
*Modern Applied Statistics with S.* Fourth edition. Springer.

##### See Also

##### Examples

```
# NOT RUN {
# The data frames Cars93, minn38 and quine are available
# in the MASS package.
# Case 1: frequencies specified as an array.
sapply(minn38, function(x) length(levels(x)))
## hs phs fol sex f
## 3 4 7 2 0
##minn38a <- array(0, c(3,4,7,2), lapply(minn38[, -5], levels))
##minn38a[data.matrix(minn38[,-5])] <- minn38$f
## or more simply
minn38a <- xtabs(f ~ ., minn38)
fm <- loglm(~ 1 + 2 + 3 + 4, minn38a) # numerals as names.
deviance(fm)
## [1] 3711.9
fm1 <- update(fm, .~.^2)
fm2 <- update(fm, .~.^3, print = TRUE)
## 5 iterations: deviation 0.075
anova(fm, fm1, fm2)
# Case 1. An array generated with xtabs.
loglm(~ Type + Origin, xtabs(~ Type + Origin, Cars93))
# Case 2. Frequencies given as a vector in a data frame
names(quine)
## [1] "Eth" "Sex" "Age" "Lrn" "Days"
fm <- loglm(Days ~ .^2, quine)
gm <- glm(Days ~ .^2, poisson, quine) # check glm.
c(deviance(fm), deviance(gm)) # deviances agree
## [1] 1368.7 1368.7
c(fm$df, gm$df) # resid df do not!
c(fm$df, gm$df.residual) # resid df do not!
## [1] 127 128
# The loglm residual degrees of freedom is wrong because of
# a non-detectable redundancy in the model matrix.
# }
```

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