# loess

##### Local Polynomial Regression Fitting

Fit a polynomial surface determined by one or more numerical predictors, using local fitting.

##### Usage

```
loess(formula, data, weights, subset, na.action, model = FALSE,
span = 0.75, enp.target, degree = 2,
parametric = FALSE, drop.square = FALSE, normalize = TRUE,
family = c("gaussian", "symmetric"),
method = c("loess", "model.frame"),
control = loess.control(…), …)
```

##### Arguments

- formula
a formula specifying the numeric response and one to four numeric predictors (best specified via an interaction, but can also be specified additively). Will be coerced to a formula if necessary.

- data
an optional data frame, list or environment (or object coercible by

`as.data.frame`

to a data frame) containing the variables in the model. If not found in`data`

, the variables are taken from`environment(formula)`

, typically the environment from which`loess`

is called.- weights
optional weights for each case.

- subset
an optional specification of a subset of the data to be used.

- na.action
the action to be taken with missing values in the response or predictors. The default is given by

`getOption("na.action")`

.- model
should the model frame be returned?

- span
the parameter \(\alpha\) which controls the degree of smoothing.

- enp.target
an alternative way to specify

`span`

, as the approximate equivalent number of parameters to be used.- degree
the degree of the polynomials to be used, normally 1 or 2. (Degree 0 is also allowed, but see the ‘Note’.)

- parametric
should any terms be fitted globally rather than locally? Terms can be specified by name, number or as a logical vector of the same length as the number of predictors.

- drop.square
for fits with more than one predictor and

`degree = 2`

, should the quadratic term be dropped for particular predictors? Terms are specified in the same way as for`parametric`

.- normalize
should the predictors be normalized to a common scale if there is more than one? The normalization used is to set the 10% trimmed standard deviation to one. Set to false for spatial coordinate predictors and others known to be on a common scale.

- family
if

`"gaussian"`

fitting is by least-squares, and if`"symmetric"`

a re-descending M estimator is used with Tukey's biweight function. Can be abbreviated.- method
fit the model or just extract the model frame. Can be abbreviated.

- control
control parameters: see

`loess.control`

.- …
control parameters can also be supplied directly (

*if*`control`

is not specified).

##### Details

Fitting is done locally. That is, for the fit at point \(x\), the
fit is made using points in a neighbourhood of \(x\), weighted by
their distance from \(x\) (with differences in ‘parametric’
variables being ignored when computing the distance). The size of the
neighbourhood is controlled by \(\alpha\) (set by `span`

or
`enp.target`

). For \(\alpha < 1\), the
neighbourhood includes proportion \(\alpha\) of the points,
and these have tricubic weighting (proportional to \((1 -
\mathrm{(dist/maxdist)}^3)^3\)). For
\(\alpha > 1\), all points are used, with the
‘maximum distance’ assumed to be \(\alpha^{1/p}\)
times the actual maximum distance for \(p\) explanatory variables.

For the default family, fitting is by (weighted) least squares. For
`family="symmetric"`

a few iterations of an M-estimation
procedure with Tukey's biweight are used. Be aware that as the initial
value is the least-squares fit, this need not be a very resistant fit.

It can be important to tune the control list to achieve acceptable
speed. See `loess.control`

for details.

##### Value

An object of class `"loess"`

.

##### Note

As this is based on `cloess`

, it is similar to but not identical to
the `loess`

function of S. In particular, conditioning is not
implemented.

The memory usage of this implementation of `loess`

is roughly
quadratic in the number of points, with 1000 points taking about 10Mb.

`degree = 0`

, local constant fitting, is allowed in this
implementation but not documented in the reference. It seems very little
tested, so use with caution.

##### References

W. S. Cleveland, E. Grosse and W. M. Shyu (1992) Local regression
models. Chapter 8 of *Statistical Models in S* eds J.M. Chambers
and T.J. Hastie, Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.

##### See Also

`lowess`

, the ancestor of `loess`

(with
different defaults!).

##### Examples

`library(stats)`

```
# NOT RUN {
cars.lo <- loess(dist ~ speed, cars)
predict(cars.lo, data.frame(speed = seq(5, 30, 1)), se = TRUE)
# to allow extrapolation
cars.lo2 <- loess(dist ~ speed, cars,
control = loess.control(surface = "direct"))
predict(cars.lo2, data.frame(speed = seq(5, 30, 1)), se = TRUE)
# }
```

*Documentation reproduced from package stats, version 3.6.0, License: Part of R 3.6.0*