coeftest

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Inference for Estimated Coefficients

coeftest is a generic function for performing z and (quasi-)t Wald tests of estimated coefficients. coefci computes the corresponding Wald confidence intervals.

Keywords
htest
Usage
coeftest(x, vcov. = NULL, df = NULL, …)

coefci(x, parm = NULL, level = 0.95, vcov. = NULL, df = NULL, …)

Arguments
x

an object (for details see below).

vcov.

a specification of the covariance matrix of the estimated coefficients. This can be specified as a matrix or as a function yielding a matrix when applied to x.

df

the degrees of freedom to be used. If this is a finite positive number a t test with df degrees of freedom is performed. In all other cases, a z test (using a normal approximation) is performed. By default it tries to use x$df.residual and performs a z test if this is NULL.

further arguments passed to the methods and to vcov. in the default method.

parm

a specification of which parameters are to be given confidence intervals, either a vector of numbers or a vector of names. If missing, all parameters are considered.

level

the confidence level required.

Details

The generic function coeftest currently has a default method (which works in particular for "lm" objects) and dedicated methods for objects of class "glm" (as computed by glm), "mlm" (as computed by lm with multivariate responses), "survreg" (as computed by survreg), and "breakpointsfull" (as computed by breakpoints.formula).

The default method assumes that a coef methods exists, such that coef(x) yields the estimated coefficients.

To specify the corresponding covariance matrix vcov. to be used, there are three possibilities: 1. It is pre-computed and supplied in argument vcov.. 2. A function for extracting the covariance matrix from x is supplied, e.g., sandwich, vcovHC, vcovCL, or vcovHAC from package sandwich. 3. vcov. is set to NULL, then it is assumed that a vcov method exists, such that vcov(x) yields a covariance matrix. For illustrations see below.

The degrees of freedom df determine whether a normal approximation is used or a t distribution with df degrees of freedoms is used. The default method uses df.residual(x) and if this is NULL a z test is performed. The method for "glm" objects always uses df = Inf (i.e., a z test).

The corresponding Wald confidence intervals can be computed either by applying coefci to the original model or confint to the output of coeftest. See below for examples.

Value

coeftest returns an object of class "coeftest" which is essentially a coefficient matrix with columns containing the estimates, associated standard errors, test statistics and p values.

coefci returns a matrix (or vector) with columns giving lower and upper confidence limits for each parameter. These will be labeled as (1-level)/2 and 1 - (1-level)/2 in percent.

See Also

lm, waldtest

Aliases
  • coeftest
  • coefci
  • coeftest.default
  • coeftest.survreg
  • coeftest.glm
  • coeftest.mlm
  • coeftest.breakpointsfull
  • print.coeftest
  • confint.coeftest
  • df.residual.coeftest
  • coefci.default
  • coefci.survreg
  • coefci.glm
  • coefci.mlm
Examples
# NOT RUN {
## load data and fit model
data("Mandible", package = "lmtest")
fm <- lm(length ~ age, data = Mandible, subset=(age <= 28))

## the following commands lead to the same tests:
summary(fm)
(ct <- coeftest(fm))

## a z test (instead of a t test) can be performed by
coeftest(fm, df = Inf)

## corresponding confidence intervals
confint(ct)
coefci(fm)
## which in this simple case is equivalent to
confint(fm)

if(require("sandwich")) {
## a different covariance matrix can be also used:
(ct <- coeftest(fm, df = Inf, vcov = vcovHC))

## the corresponding confidence interval can be computed either as
confint(ct)
## or based on the original model
coefci(fm, df = Inf, vcov = vcovHC)

## note that the degrees of freedom _actually used_ can be extracted
df.residual(ct)
## which differ here from
df.residual(fm)

## vcov can also be supplied as a function with additional arguments
coeftest(fm, df = Inf, vcov = vcovHC, type = "HC0")
## or as a matrix
coeftest(fm, df = Inf, vcov = vcovHC(fm, type = "HC0"))
}
# }
Documentation reproduced from package lmtest, version 0.9-37, License: GPL-2 | GPL-3

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