The following example illustrates the use of the GAM procedure to explore in a nonparametric way how two factors affect a response. The data come from a study of the factors affecting patterns of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus in children (Sochett et al., 1987). The objective is to investigate the dependence of the level of serum C-peptide on various other factors in order to understand the patterns of residual insulin secretion. The response measurement is the logarithm of C-peptide concentration (pmol/ml) at diagnosis, and the predictor measurements are age and base deficit (a measure of acidity).
title 'Patterns of Diabetes'; data diabetes; input Age BaseDeficit CPeptide @@; logCP = log(CPeptide); datalines; 5.2 -8.1 4.8 8.8 -16.1 4.1 10.5 -0.9 5.2 10.6 -7.8 5.5 10.4 -29.0 5.0 1.8 -19.2 3.4 12.7 -18.9 3.4 15.6 -10.6 4.9 5.8 -2.8 5.6 1.9 -25.0 3.7 2.2 -3.1 3.9 4.8 -7.8 4.5 7.9 -13.9 4.8 5.2 -4.5 4.9 0.9 -11.6 3.0 11.8 -2.1 4.6 7.9 -2.0 4.8 11.5 -9.0 5.5 10.6 -11.2 4.5 8.5 -0.2 5.3 11.1 -6.1 4.7 12.8 -1.0 6.6 11.3 -3.6 5.1 1.0 -8.2 3.9 14.5 -0.5 5.7 11.9 -2.0 5.1 8.1 -1.6 5.2 13.8 -11.9 3.7 15.5 -0.7 4.9 9.8 -1.2 4.8 11.0 -14.3 4.4 12.4 -0.8 5.2 11.1 -16.8 5.1 5.1 -5.1 4.6 4.8 -9.5 3.9 4.2 -17.0 5.1 6.9 -3.3 5.1 13.2 -0.7 6.0 9.9 -3.3 4.9 12.5 -13.6 4.1 13.2 -1.9 4.6 8.9 -10.0 4.9 10.8 -13.5 5.1 ;
The following statements perform the desired analysis. The PROC GAM statement invokes the procedure and specifies the diabetes
data set as input. The MODEL statement specifies logCP
as the response variable and names Age
and BaseDeficit
as independent variables with univariate smoothing splines and the default of four degrees of freedom.
ods graphics on; proc gam data=diabetes; model logCP = spline(Age) spline(BaseDeficit); run;
The results are shown in Figure 41.1 and Figure 41.2.
Figure 41.1 shows two tables. The first table summarizes the input data set and the distributional family used for the model; the second table summarizes the convergence criterion for backfitting.
Figure 41.2 displays summary statistics for the model. It consists of three tables. The first is the "Parameter Estimates" table for
the parametric part of the model. It indicates that the linear trends for both Age
and BaseDeficit
are highly significant. The second table is the summary of smoothing components of the nonparametric part of the model. This
table presents the smoothing parameter and degrees of freedom (DF) for each component. By default, each smoothing component
has approximately 4 DF. For univariate spline components, one DF is taken up by the (parametric) linear part of the model,
so the remaining approximate DF is 3. Finally, the third table is the "Analysis of Deviance" table for the nonparametric component
of the model.
With ODS Graphics enabled, PROC GAM produces by default a panel of plots of partial prediction curves of smoothing components.
In these plots, the partial prediction for a predictor such as Age
is its nonparametric contribution to the model, . For general information about ODS Graphics, see Chapter 21: Statistical Graphics Using ODS. For specific information about the graphics available in the GAM procedure, see the section ODS Graphics.
Plots for both predictors (Figure 41.3) show a strong quadratic pattern, with a possible indication of higher-order behavior. Further investigation is required to determine whether these patterns are real or not.