dbglm {dbstats}R Documentation

Distance-based generalized linear models


dbglm is a variety of generalized linear model where explanatory information is coded as distances between individuals. These distances can either be computed from observed explanatory variables or directly input as a squared distances matrix.

Response and link function as in the glm function for ordinary generalized linear models.

Notation convention: in distance-based methods we must distinguish observed explanatory variables which we denote by Z or z, from Euclidean coordinates which we denote by X or x. For explanation on the meaning of both terms see the bibliography references below.


## S3 method for class 'formula'
dbglm(formula, data, family=gaussian, method ="GCV", full.search=TRUE,...,
        metric="euclidean", weights, maxiter=100, eps1=1e-10,
        eps2=1e-10, rel.gvar=0.95, eff.rank=NULL, offset, mustart=NULL, range.eff.rank) 
## S3 method for class 'dist'
dbglm(distance,y,family=gaussian, method ="GCV", full.search=TRUE, weights,
        offset,mustart=NULL, range.eff.rank,...)
## S3 method for class 'D2'
dbglm(D2,y,...,family=gaussian, method ="GCV", full.search=TRUE, weights,maxiter=100,
        mustart=NULL, range.eff.rank)

## S3 method for class 'Gram'
dbglm(G,y,...,family=gaussian, method ="GCV", full.search=TRUE, weights,maxiter=100,
        offset,mustart=NULL, range.eff.rank)              



an object of class formula. A formula of the form y~Z. This argument is a remnant of the glm function, kept for compatibility.


an optional data frame containing the variables in the model (both response and explanatory variables, either the observed ones, Z, or a Euclidean configuration X).


(required if no formula is given as the principal argument). Response (dependent variable) must be numeric, factor, matrix or data.frame.


a dist or dissimilarity class object. See functions dist in the package stats and daisy in the package cluster.


a D2 class object. Squared distances matrix between individuals. See the Details section in dblm to learn the usage.


a Gram class object. Doubly centered inner product matrix of the squared distances matrix D2. See details in dblm.


a description of the error distribution and link function to be used in the model. This can be a character string naming a family function, a family function or the result of a call to a family function. (See family for details of family functions.)


metric function to be used when computing distances from observed explanatory variables. One of "euclidean" (the default), "manhattan", or "gower".


an optional numeric vector of prior weights to be used in the fitting process. By default all individuals have the same weight.


sets the method to be used in deciding the effective rank, which is defined as the number of linearly independent Euclidean coordinates used in prediction. There are five different methods: "AIC", "BIC", "GCV"(default), "eff.rank" and "rel.gvar". GCV take the effective rank minimizing a cross-validatory quantity. AIC and BIC take the effective rank minimizing, respectively, the Akaike or Bayesian Information Criterion (see AIC for more details).


sets which optimization procedure will be used to minimize the modelling criterion specified in method. Needs to be specified only if method is "AIC", "BIC" or "GCV". If full.search=TRUE, effective rank is set to its global best value, after evaluating the criterion for all possible ranks. Potentially too computationally expensive. If full.search=FALSE, the optimize function is called. Then computation time is shorter, but the result may be found a local minimum.


maximum number of iterations in the iterated dblm algorithm. (Default = 100)


stopping criterion 1, "DevStat": convergence tolerance eps1, a positive (small) number; the iterations converge when |dev - dev_{old}|/(|dev|) < eps1. Stationarity of deviance has been attained.


stopping criterion 2, "mustat": convergence tolerance eps2, a positive (small) number; the iterations converge when |mu - mu_{old}|/(|mu|) < eps2. Stationarity of fitted.values mu has been attained.


relative geometric variability (a real number between 0 and 1). In each dblm iteration, take the lowest effective rank, with a relative geometric variability higher or equal to rel.gvar. Default value (rel.gvar=0.95) uses the 95% of the total variability.


integer between 1 and the number of observations minus one. Number of Euclidean coordinates used for model fitting in each dblm iteration. If specified its value overrides rel.gvar. When eff.rank=NULL (default), calls to dblm are made with method=rel.gvar.


this can be used to specify an a priori known component to be included in the linear predictor during fitting. This should be NULL or a numeric vector of length equal to the number of cases.


starting values for the vector of means.


vector of size two defining the range of values for the effective rank with which the dblm iterations will be evaluated (must be specified when method is "AIC", "BIC" or "GCV"). The range should be restrict between c(1,n-1).


arguments passed to or from other methods to the low level.


The various possible ways for inputting the model explanatory information through distances, or their squares, etc., are the same as in dblm.

For gamma distributions, the domain of the canonical link function is not the same as the permitted range of the mean. In particular, the linear predictor might be negative, obtaining an impossible negative mean. Should that event occur, dbglm stops with an error message. Proposed alternative is to use a non-canonical link function.


A list of class dbglm containing the following components:


the working residuals, that is the dblm residuals in the last iteration of dblm fit.


the fitted mean values, results of final dblm iteration.


the family object used.


measure of discrepancy or badness of fit. Proportional to twice the difference between the maximum achievable log-likelihood and that achieved by the current model.


a version of Akaike's Information Criterion. Equal to minus twice the maximized log-likelihood plus twice the number of parameters. Computed by the aic component of the family. For binomial and Poison families the dispersion is fixed at one and the number of parameters is the number of coefficients. For gaussian, Gamma and inverse gaussian families the dispersion is estimated from the residual deviance, and the number of parameters is the number of coefficients plus one. For a gaussian family the MLE of the dispersion is used so this is a valid value of AIC, but for Gamma and inverse gaussian families it is not. For families fitted by quasi-likelihood the value is NA.


a version of the Bayessian Information Criterion. Equal to minus twice the maximized log-likelihood plus the logarithm of the number of observations by the number of parameters (see, e.g., Wood 2006).


a version of the Generalized Cross-Validation Criterion. We refer to Wood (2006) pp. 177-178 for details.


the deviance for the null model. The null model will include the offset, and an intercept if there is one in the model. Note that this will be incorrect if the link function depends on the data other than through the fitted mean: specify a zero offset to force a correct calculation.


number of Fisher scoring (dblm) iterations.


the original weights.


the working weights, that are the weights in the last iteration of dblm fit.


the residual degrees of freedom.


the residual degrees of freedom for the null model.


the response vector used.


convergence criterion. One of: "DevStat" (stopping criterion 1), "muStat" (stopping criterion 2), "maxiter" (maximum allowed number of iterations has been exceeded).


hat matrix projector of the last dblm iteration.


the relative geometric variabiliy in the last dblm iteration.


the working effective rank, that is the eff.rank in the last dblm iteration.


vector of estimated variance of each observation.


deviance residuals


the matched call.

Objects of class "dbglm" are actually of class c("dbglm", "dblm"), inheriting the plot.dblm method from class "dblm".


When the Euclidean distance is used the dbglm model reduces to the generalized linear model (glm).


Boj, Eva <evaboj@ub.edu>, Caballe, Adria <adria.caballe@upc.edu>, Delicado, Pedro <pedro.delicado@upc.edu> and Fortiana, Josep <fortiana@ub.edu>


Boj E, Caballe, A., Delicado P, Esteve, A., Fortiana J (2016). Global and local distance-based generalized linear models. TEST 25, 170-195.

Boj E, Delicado P, Fortiana J (2010). Distance-based local linear regression for functional predictors. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis 54, 429-437.

Boj E, Grane A, Fortiana J, Claramunt MM (2007). Selection of predictors in distance-based regression. Communications in Statistics B - Simulation and Computation 36, 87-98.

Cuadras CM, Arenas C, Fortiana J (1996). Some computational aspects of a distance-based model for prediction. Communications in Statistics B - Simulation and Computation 25, 593-609.

Cuadras C, Arenas C (1990). A distance-based regression model for prediction with mixed data. Communications in Statistics A - Theory and Methods 19, 2261-2279.

Cuadras CM (1989). Distance analysis in discrimination and classification using both continuous and categorical variables. In: Y. Dodge (ed.), Statistical Data Analysis and Inference. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: North-Holland Publishing Co., pp. 459-473.

Wood SN (2006). Generalized Additive Models: An Introduction with R. Chapman & Hall, Boca Raton.

See Also

summary.dbglm for summary.
plot.dbglm for plots.
predict.dbglm for predictions.
dblm for distance-based linear models.


z <- rnorm(100)
y <- rpois(100, exp(1+z))
glm1 <- glm(y ~z, family = poisson(link = "log"))
D2 <- as.matrix(dist(z))^2
class(D2) <- "D2"
dbglm1 <- dbglm(D2,y,family = poisson(link = "log"), method="rel.gvar")


y <- rbinom(100, 1, plogis(z))
# needs to set a starting value for the next fit
glm2 <- glm(y ~z, family = binomial(link = "logit"))
D2 <- as.matrix(dist(z))^2
class(D2) <- "D2"
dbglm2 <- dbglm(D2,y,family = binomial(link = "logit"), method="rel.gvar")


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