R_User R_User - 13 days ago 7x
R Question

Linear Regression with a known fixed intercept in R

I want to calculate a linear regression using the lm() function in R. Additionally I want to get the slope of a regression, where I explicitly give the intercept to


I found an example on the internet and I tried to read the R-help "?lm" (unfortunately I'm not able to understand it), but I did not succeed. Can anyone tell me where my mistake is?

lin <- data.frame(x = c(0:6), y = c(0.3, 0.1, 0.9, 3.1, 5, 4.9, 6.2))
plot (lin$x, lin$y)

regImp = lm(formula = lin$x ~ lin$y)
abline(regImp, col="blue")

# Does not work:
# Use 1 as intercept
explicitIntercept = rep(1, length(lin$x))
regExp = lm(formula = lin$x ~ lin$y + explicitIntercept)
abline(regExp, col="green")

Thanls for your help.


You could subtract the explicit intercept from the regressand and then fit the intercept-free model:

> intercept <- 1.0
> fit <- lm(I(x - intercept) ~ 0 + y, lin)
> summary(fit)

The 0 + suppresses the fitting of the intercept by lm.

edit To plot the fit, use

> abline(intercept, coef(fit))

P.S. The variables in your model look the wrong way round: it's usually y ~ x, not x ~ y (i.e. the regressand should go on the left and the regressor(s) on the right).