# terms.formula

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##### Construct a terms Object from a Formula

This function takes a formula and some optional arguments and constructs a terms object. The terms object can then be used to construct a model.matrix.

Keywords
models
##### Usage
"terms"(x, specials = NULL, abb = NULL, data = NULL, neg.out = TRUE, keep.order = FALSE, simplify = FALSE, ..., allowDotAsName = FALSE)
##### Arguments
x
a formula.
specials
which functions in the formula should be marked as special in the terms object? A character vector or NULL.
abb
Not implemented in R.
data
a data frame from which the meaning of the special symbol . can be inferred. It is unused if there is no . in the formula.
neg.out
Not implemented in R.
keep.order
a logical value indicating whether the terms should keep their positions. If FALSE the terms are reordered so that main effects come first, followed by the interactions, all second-order, all third-order and so on. Effects of a given order are kept in the order specified.
simplify
should the formula be expanded and simplified, the pre-1.7.0 behaviour?
...
further arguments passed to or from other methods.
allowDotAsName
normally . in a formula refers to the remaining variables contained in data. Exceptionally, . can be treated as a name for non-standard uses of formulae.
##### Details

Not all of the options work in the same way that they do in S and not all are implemented.

##### Value

A terms.object object is returned. The object itself is the re-ordered (unless keep.order = TRUE) formula. In all cases variables within an interaction term in the formula are re-ordered by the ordering of the "variables" attribute, which is the order in which the variables occur in the formula.

terms, terms.object