The function `seed`

provides a single interface for
calling all seeding methods used to initialise NMF
computations. These methods at least set the basis and
coefficient matrices of the initial `object`

to
valid nonnegative matrices. They will be used as a
starting point by any NMF algorithm that accept
initialisation.

IMPORTANT: this interface is still considered experimental and is subject to changes in future release.

`seed(x, model, method, ...)` # S4 method for matrix,NMF,NMFSeed
seed(x, model, method,
rng, ...)

# S4 method for ANY,ANY,function
seed(x, model, method, name,
...)

an `NMFfit`

object.

- x
target matrix one wants to approximate with NMF

- model
specification of the NMF model, e.g., the factorization rank.

- method
specification of a seeding method. See each method for details on the supported formats.

- ...
extra to allow extensions and passed down to the actual seeding method.

- rng
rng setting to use. If not missing the RNG settings are set and restored on exit using

`setRNG`

.All arguments in

`...`

are passed to teh seeding strategy.- name
optional name of the seeding method for custom seeding strategies.

- seed
`signature(x = "matrix", model = "NMF", method = "NMFSeed")`

: This is the workhorse method that seeds an NMF model object using a given seeding strategy defined by an`NMFSeed`

object, to fit a given target matrix.- seed
`signature(x = "ANY", model = "ANY", method = "function")`

: Seeds an NMF model using a custom seeding strategy, defined by a function.`method`

must have signature`(x='NMFfit', y='matrix', ...)`

, where`x`

is the unseeded NMF model and`y`

is the target matrix to fit. It must return an`NMF`

object, that contains the seeded NMF model.- seed
`signature(x = "ANY", model = "ANY", method = "missing")`

: Seeds the model with the default seeding method given by`nmf.getOption('default.seed')`

- seed
`signature(x = "ANY", model = "ANY", method = "NULL")`

: Use NMF method`'none'`

.- seed
`signature(x = "ANY", model = "ANY", method = "numeric")`

: Use`method`

to set the RNG with`setRNG`

and use method “random” to seed the NMF model.Note that in this case the RNG settings are not restored. This is due to some internal technical reasons, and might change in future releases.

- seed
`signature(x = "ANY", model = "ANY", method = "character")`

: Use the registered seeding method whose access key is`method`

.- seed
`signature(x = "ANY", model = "list", method = "NMFSeed")`

: Seed a model using the elements in`model`

to instantiate it with`nmfModel`

.- seed
`signature(x = "ANY", model = "numeric", method = "NMFSeed")`

: Seeds a standard NMF model (i.e. of class`NMFstd`

) of rank`model`

.