Prediction for spatial simultaneous autoregressive linear model objects

predict.sarlm() calculates predictions as far as is at present possible for for spatial simultaneous autoregressive linear model objects, using Haining's terminology for decomposition into trend, signal, and noise, or other types of predictors --- see references.

"predict"(object, newdata = NULL, listw = NULL, pred.type = "TS", = FALSE, zero.policy = NULL, legacy = TRUE, legacy.mixed = FALSE, power = NULL, order = 250, tol = .Machine$double.eps^(3/5), spChk = NULL, ...) "predict"(object, newdata, listw, zero.policy=NULL, ...) "print"(x, ...) ""(x, ...)
sarlm object returned by lagsarlm, errorsarlm or sacsarlm, the method for SLX objects takes the output of lmSLX
data frame in which to predict --- if NULL, predictions are for the data on which the model was fitted. Should have row names corresponding to If row names are exactly the same than the ones used for training, it uses in-sample predictors for forecast. See ‘Details’
a listw object created for example by nb2listw. In the out-of-sample prediction case (ie. if newdata is not NULL), if legacy.mixed=FALSE or if pred.type!="TS", it should include both in-sample and out-of-sample spatial units. In this case, if regions of the listw are not in the correct order, they are reordered. See ‘Details’
predictor type --- default “TS”, use decomposition into trend, signal, and noise ; other types available depending on newdata. If newdata=NULL (in-sample prediction), “TS”, “trend”, “TC” and “BP” are available. If newdata is not NULL and its row names are the same than the data used to fit the model (forecast case), “TS”, “trend” and “TC” are available. In other cases (out-of-sample prediction), “TS”, “trend”, “KP1”, “KP2”, “KP3”, “KP4”, “KP5”, “TC”, “BP”, “BPW”, “BPN”, “TS1”, “TC1”, “BP1”, “BPW1” and “BPN1” are available. See ‘Details’ and references
(only applies to pred.type="TC" and newdata is not NULL) default FALSE: return predictions only for newdata units, if TRUE return predictions for all data units. See ‘Details’
default NULL, use global option value; if TRUE assign zero to the lagged value of zones without neighbours, if FALSE (default) assign NA - causing the function to terminate with an error
(only applies to lag and Durbin (mixed) models for pred.type="TS") default TRUE: use ad-hoc predictor, if FALSE use DGP-based predictor
(only applies to mixed models if newdata is not NULL) default FALSE: compute lagged variables from both in-sample and out-of-sample units with $[WX]o$ and $[WX]s$ where X=cbind(Xs, Xo), if TRUE compute lagged variables independantly between in-sample and out-of-sample units with $Woo Xo$ and $Wss Xs$
(only applies to lag and Durbin (mixed) models for “TS”, “KP1”, “KP2”, “KP3”, “TC”, “TC1”, “BP”, “BP1”, “BPN”, “BPN1”, “BPW” and “BPW1” types) use powerWeights, if default NULL, set FALSE if object$method is “eigen”, otherwise TRUE
power series maximum limit if power is TRUE
tolerance for convergence of power series if power is TRUE
should the row names of data frames be checked against the spatial objects for identity integrity, TRUE, or FALSE, default NULL to use get.spChkOption()
the object to be printed
further arguments passed through

The function supports three types of prediction. In-sample prediction is the computation of predictors on the data used to fit the model (newdata=NULL). Prevision, also called forecast, is the computation of some predictors (“trend”, in-sample “TC” and out-of-sample “TS”) on the same spatial units than the ones used to fit the model, but with different observations of the variables in the model (row names of newdata should have the same row names than the data frame used to fit the model). And out-of-sample prediction is the computation of predictors on other spatial units than the ones used to fit the model (newdata has different row names). For extensive definitions, see Thomas-Agnan et al. (2015).

pred.type of predictors are available according to the model of object an to the type of prediction. In the two following tables, “yes” means that the predictor can be used with the model, “no” means that predict.sarlm() will stop with an error, and “yes*” means that the predictor is not designed for the specified model, but it can be used with predict.sarlm(). In the last case, be careful with the computation of a inappropriate predictor.

In-sample predictors by models

pred.type sem (mixed) lag (mixed)
sac (mixed)
yes yes yes
“TS” yes yes
no “TC” no
yes yes* “BP”
no yes yes*

Note that only “trend” and “TC” are available for prevision.

Out-of-sample predictors by models

pred.type sem (mixed) lag (mixed)
sac (mixed)
yes yes yes
“TS” yes yes
no “TS1” or “KP4” no
yes yes “TC”
no yes yes*
“TC1” or “KP1” yes yes
yes “BP” no
yes yes* “BP1”
no yes yes*
“BPW” no yes
yes* “BPW1” no
yes yes* “BN”
no yes yes*
“BPN1” no yes
yes* “KP2” yes
yes yes “KP3”
yes yes yes
“KP5” yes no
yes* pred.type sem (mixed)

Values for pred.type= include “TS1”, “TC”, “TC1”, “BP”, “BP1”, “BPW”, “BPW1”, “BPN”, “BPN1”, following the notation in Thomas-Agnan et al. (2015), and for pred.type= “KP1”, “KP2”, “KP3”, “KP4”, “KP5”, following the notation in Kelejian et al. (2007). pred.type="TS" is described bellow and in Bivand (2002).

In the following, the trend is the non-spatial smooth, the signal is the spatial smooth, and the noise is the residual. The fit returned by pred.type="TS" is the sum of the trend and the signal.

When pred.type="TS", the function approaches prediction first by dividing invocations between those with or without newdata. When no newdata is present, the response variable may be reconstructed as the sum of the trend, the signal, and the noise (residuals). Since the values of the response variable are known, their spatial lags are used to calculate signal components (Cressie 1993, p. 564). For the error model, trend = $X beta$, and signal = $lambda W y - lambda W X beta$. For the lag and mixed models, trend = $X beta$, and signal = $rho W y$.

This approach differs from the design choices made in other software, for example GeoDa, which does not use observations of the response variable, and corresponds to the newdata situation described below.

When however newdata is used for prediction, no observations of the response variable being predicted are available. Consequently, while the trend components are the same, the signal cannot take full account of the spatial smooth. In the error model and Durbin error model, the signal is set to zero, since the spatial smooth is expressed in terms of the error: $inv(I - lambda W) e$.

In the lag model, the signal can be expressed in the following way (for legacy=TRUE):

$$(I - \rho W) y = X \beta + \varepsilon$$ $$y = (I - \rho W)^{-1} X \beta + (I - \rho W)^{-1} \varepsilon$$

giving a feasible signal component of:

$$\rho W y = \rho W (I - \rho W)^{-1} X \beta$$

For legacy=FALSE, the trend is computed first as:

$$X \beta$$

next the prediction using the DGP:

$$(I - \rho W)^{-1} X \beta$$

and the signal is found as the difference between prediction and trend. The numerical results for the legacy and DGP methods are identical.

setting the error term to zero. This also means that predictions of the signal component for lag and mixed models require the inversion of an n-by-n matrix.

Because the outcomes of the spatial smooth on the error term are unobservable, this means that the signal values for newdata are incomplete. In the mixed model, the spatially lagged RHS variables influence both the trend and the signal, so that the root mean square prediction error in the examples below for this case with newdata is smallest, although the model was not the best fit.

If newdata has more than one row, leave-one-out predictors (pred.type= include “TS1”, “TC1”, “BP1”, “BPW1”, “BPN1”, “KP1”, “KP2”, “KP3”, “KP4”, “KP5”) are computed separatly on each out-of-sample unit.

listw should be provided except if newdata=NULL and pred.type= include “TS”, “trend”, or if newdata is not NULL, pred.type="trend" and object is not a mixed model. is useful when some out-of-sample predictors return different predictions for in-sample units, than the same predictor type computed only on in-sample data.


predict.sarlm() returns a vector of predictions with three attribute vectors of trend, signal (only for pred.type="TS") and values and two other attributes of pred.type and call with class sarlm.pred.print.sarlm.pred() is a print function for this class, printing and returning a data frame with columns: "fit", "trend" and "signal" (when available) and with as row names.


Haining, R. 1990 Spatial data analysis in the social and environmental sciences, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 258; Cressie, N. A. C. 1993 Statistics for spatial data, Wiley, New York; Thomas-Agnan, C., Laurent, T. and Goulard, M. 2015 About predictions in spatial autoregressive models: Optimal and almost optimal strategies, TSE Working Paper, n. 13-452; Kelejian, H. H. and Prucha, I. R. 2007 The relative efficiencies of various predictors in spatial econometric models containing spatial lags, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 37, Issue 3, 363--374; Bivand, R. 2002 Spatial econometrics functions in R: Classes and methods, Journal of Geographical Systems, Volume 4, No. 4, 405--421

See Also

errorsarlm, lagsarlm, sacsarlm

  • predict.sarlm
  • predict.SLX
  • print.sarlm.pred
lw <- nb2listw(COL.nb)
COL.lag.eig <- lagsarlm(CRIME ~ INC + HOVAL, data=COL.OLD, lw)

COL.mix.eig <- lagsarlm(CRIME ~ INC + HOVAL, data=COL.OLD, lw,
print(p1 <- predict(COL.mix.eig))
print(p2 <- predict(COL.mix.eig, newdata=COL.OLD, listw=lw, pred.type = "TS",
 legacy.mixed = TRUE))
sqrt(sum((COL.OLD$CRIME - as.vector(p1))^2)/length(COL.nb))
sqrt(sum((COL.OLD$CRIME - as.vector(p2))^2)/length(COL.nb))

COL.err.eig <- errorsarlm(CRIME ~ INC + HOVAL, data=COL.OLD, lw)
sqrt(sum((COL.OLD$CRIME - as.vector(predict(COL.err.eig)))^2)/length(COL.nb))
sqrt(sum((COL.OLD$CRIME - as.vector(predict(COL.err.eig, newdata=COL.OLD,
  listw=lw, pred.type = "TS")))^2)/length(COL.nb))

COL.SDerr.eig <- errorsarlm(CRIME ~ INC + HOVAL, data=COL.OLD, lw,
sqrt(sum((COL.OLD$CRIME - as.vector(predict(COL.SDerr.eig)))^2)/length(COL.nb))
sqrt(sum((COL.OLD$CRIME - as.vector(predict(COL.SDerr.eig, newdata=COL.OLD,
  listw=lw, pred.type = "TS")))^2)/length(COL.nb))

sqrt(sum((COL.OLD$CRIME - as.vector(predict(COL.lag.eig)))^2)/length(COL.nb))
sqrt(sum((COL.OLD$CRIME - as.vector(predict(COL.lag.eig, newdata=COL.OLD,
  listw=lw, pred.type = "TS")))^2)/length(COL.nb))

p3 <- predict(COL.mix.eig, newdata=COL.OLD, listw=lw, pred.type = "TS",
 legacy=FALSE, legacy.mixed = TRUE)
all.equal(p2, p3, check.attributes=FALSE)
p4 <- predict(COL.mix.eig, newdata=COL.OLD, listw=lw, pred.type = "TS",
 legacy=FALSE, power=TRUE, legacy.mixed = TRUE)
all.equal(p2, p4, check.attributes=FALSE)
p5 <- predict(COL.mix.eig, newdata=COL.OLD, listw=lw, pred.type = "TS",
 legacy=TRUE, power=TRUE, legacy.mixed = TRUE)
all.equal(p2, p5, check.attributes=FALSE)

COL.SLX <- lmSLX(CRIME ~ INC + HOVAL, data=COL.OLD, listw=lw)
pslx0 <- predict(COL.SLX)
pslx1 <- predict(COL.SLX, newdata=COL.OLD, listw=lw)
all.equal(pslx0, pslx1)
pslx2 <- predict(COL.SLX, newdata=COL.OLD1, listw=lw)
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