logtrans {MASS}R Documentation

Estimate log Transformation Parameter


Find and optionally plot the marginal (profile) likelihood for alpha for a transformation model of the form log(y + alpha) ~ x1 + x2 + ....


logtrans(object, ...)

## Default S3 method:
logtrans(object, ..., alpha = seq(0.5, 6, by = 0.25) - min(y),
         plotit = TRUE, interp =, xlab = "alpha",
         ylab = "log Likelihood")

## S3 method for class 'formula':
logtrans(object, data, ...)

## S3 method for class 'lm':
logtrans(object, ...)


object Fitted linear model object, or formula defining the untransformed model that is y ~ x1 + x2 + .... The function is generic.
... If object is a formula, this argument may specify a data frame as for lm.
alpha Set of values for the transformation parameter, alpha.
plotit Should plotting be done?
interp Should the marginal log-likelihood be interpolated with a spline approximation? (Default is TRUE if plotting is to be done and the number of real points is less than 100.)
xlab as for plot.
ylab as for plot.
data optional data argument for lm fit.


List with components x (for alpha) and y (for the marginal log-likelihood values).

Side Effects

A plot of the marginal log-likelihood is produced, if requested, together with an approximate mle and 95% confidence interval.


Venables, W. N. and Ripley, B. D. (2002) Modern Applied Statistics with S. Fourth edition. Springer.

See Also



logtrans(Days ~ Age*Sex*Eth*Lrn, data = quine,
         alpha = seq(0.75, 6.5, len=20))

[Package MASS version 7.2-33 Index]