rms (version 5.1-3.1)

validate.Rq: Validation of a Quantile Regression Model


The validate function when used on an object created by Rq does resampling validation of a quantile regression model, with or without backward step-down variable deletion. Uses resampling to estimate the optimism in various measures of predictive accuracy which include mean absolute prediction error (MAD), Spearman rho, the \(g\)-index, and the intercept and slope of an overall calibration \(a + b\hat{y}\). The "corrected" slope can be thought of as shrinkage factor that takes into account overfitting. validate.Rq can also be used when a model for a continuous response is going to be applied to a binary response. A Somers' \(D_{xy}\) for this case is computed for each resample by dichotomizing y. This can be used to obtain an ordinary receiver operating characteristic curve area using the formula \(0.5(D_{xy} + 1)\). See predab.resample for the list of resampling methods.

The LaTeX needspace package must be in effect to use the latex method.


# fit <- fitting.function(formula=response ~ terms, x=TRUE, y=TRUE)
# S3 method for Rq
validate(fit, method="boot", B=40,
         bw=FALSE, rule="aic", type="residual", sls=0.05, aics=0, 
         force=NULL, estimates=TRUE, pr=FALSE, u=NULL, rel=">",
         tolerance=1e-7, …)



a fit derived by Rq. The options x=TRUE and y=TRUE must have been specified. See validate for a description of arguments method - pr.


If specifed, y is also dichotomized at the cutoff u for the purpose of getting a bias-corrected estimate of \(D_{xy}\).


relationship for dichotomizing predicted y. Defaults to ">" to use y>u. rel can also be "<", ">=", and "<=".



other arguments to pass to predab.resample, such as group, cluster, and subset


matrix with rows corresponding to various indexes, and optionally \(D_{xy}\), and columns for the original index, resample estimates, indexes applied to whole or omitted sample using model derived from resample, average optimism, corrected index, and number of successful resamples.

Side Effects

prints a summary, and optionally statistics for each re-fit

See Also

Rq, predab.resample, fastbw, rms, rms.trans, gIndex


x1 <- runif(200)
x2 <- sample(0:3, 200, TRUE)
x3 <- rnorm(200)
distance <- (x1 + x2/3 + rnorm(200))^2

f <- Rq(sqrt(distance) ~ rcs(x1,4) + scored(x2) + x3, x=TRUE, y=TRUE)

#Validate full model fit (from all observations) but for x1 < .75
validate(f, B=20, subset=x1 < .75)   # normally B=300

#Validate stepwise model with typical (not so good) stopping rule
validate(f, B=20, bw=TRUE, rule="p", sls=.1, type="individual")
# }