The function may be called by the names: g02dnc, nag_correg_linregm_estfunc or nag_regsn_mult_linear_est_func.
This function computes the estimates of an estimable function for a general linear regression model which is not of full rank. It is intended for use after a call to g02dac or g02ddc. An estimable function is a linear combination of the arguments such that it has a unique estimate. For a full rank model all linear combinations of arguments are estimable.
In the case of a model not of full rank the functions use a singular value decomposition (SVD) to find the parameter estimates, , and their variance-covariance matrix. Given the upper triangular matrix obtained from the decomposition of the independent variables the SVD gives:
where is a diagonal matrix with nonzero diagonal elements, being the rank of , and and are orthogonal matrices. This leads to a solution:
being the first columns of , i.e., , being the first columns of and being the first elements of .
Details of the SVD are made available, in the form of the matrix :
A linear function of the arguments, , can be tested to see if it is estimable by computing . If is zero, then the function is estimable, if not, the function is not estimable. In practice is tested against some small quantity .
Given that is estimable it can be estimated by and its standard error calculated from the variance-covariance matrix of , , as
Also a -statistic:
can be computed. The -statistic will have a Student's -distribution with degrees of freedom as given by the degrees of freedom for the residual sum of squares for the model.
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Hammarling S (1985) The singular value decomposition in multivariate statistics SIGNUM Newsl.20(3) 2–25
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1: – IntegerInput
On entry: the number of terms in the linear model, .
2: – IntegerInput
On entry: the rank of the independent variables, .
3: – const doubleInput
On entry: the ip values of the estimates of the arguments of the model, .
4: – const doubleInput
On entry: the upper triangular part of the variance-covariance matrix of the ip parameter estimates given in b. They are stored packed by column, i.e., the covariance between the parameter estimate given in and the parameter estimate given in , , is stored in , for and .
On exit: est indicates if the function was estimable.
The function is estimable.
The function is not estimable and stat, sestat and t are not set.
8: – double *Output
On exit: if , stat contains the estimate of the function, .
9: – double *Output
On exit: if , sestat contains the standard error of the estimate of the function, .
10: – double *Output
On exit: if , t contains the -statistic for the test of the function being equal to zero.
11: – doubleInput
On entry: tol is the tolerance value used in the check for estimability, . If , is used instead.
12: – NagError *Input/Output
The NAG error argument (see Section 7 in the Introduction to the NAG Library CL Interface).
6Error Indicators and Warnings
On entry, while . These arguments must satisfy .
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
On entry, .
On entry, .
On entry, . In this case, the boolean variable est is returned as Nag_TRUE and all statistics are calculated.
se probably due to rounding error or due to incorrectly specified inputs cov and f.
The computations are believed to be stable.
8Parallelism and Performance
Background information to multithreading can be found in the Multithreading documentation.
g02dnc is not threaded in any implementation.
The value of estimable functions is independent of the solution chosen from the many possible solutions. While g02dnc may be used to estimate functions of the arguments of the model as computed by g02dkc, , these must be expressed in terms of the original arguments, . The relation between the two sets of arguments may not be straightforward.
Data from an experiment with four treatments and three observations per treatment are read in. A model, with a mean term, is fitted by g02dac. The number of functions to be tested is read in, then the linear functions themselves are read in and tested with g02dnc. The results of g02dnc are printed.