PROC GAM provides the capability to fit both nonparametric and semiparametric models. So that you can better understand the underlying trend of any given factor, PROC GAM separates the linear trend from any general nonparametric trend during the fitting as well as in the final report. This makes it easy to determine whether the significance of a smoothing variable is associated with a simple linear trend or a more complicated pattern.
For example, suppose you want to fit a semiparametric model as

The GAM estimate for this model is

where and are linearadjusted nonparametric estimates of the and effects. The pvalues for are reported in the parameter estimates table. and are the estimates labeled Linear(x1)
and Linear(x2)
in the table. The pvalues for and are reported in the analysis of deviance table.
Only , , and are output to the output data set, with the corresponding variable names P_x1
, P_x2
, and P_y
. For Gaussian data, the complete marginal prediction for variable x1
is:

If the additive component plots are requested by the ADDITIVE suboption, the additive component for variable x2
is computed as:

where is the mean for variable x2
.