vif  R Documentation 
Calculates varianceinflation and generalized varianceinflation factors (VIFs and GVIFs) for linear, generalized linear, and other regression models.
vif(mod, ...) ## Default S3 method: vif(mod, ...) ## S3 method for class 'lm' vif(mod, type=c("terms", "predictor"), ...) ## S3 method for class 'merMod' vif(mod, ...) ## S3 method for class 'polr' vif(mod, ...) ## S3 method for class 'svyolr' vif(mod, ...)
mod 
for the default method, an object that responds to

type 
for unweighted 
... 
not used. 
If all terms in an unweighted linear model have 1 df, then the usual varianceinflation factors are calculated.
If any terms in an unweighted linear model have more than 1 df, then generalized varianceinflation factors (Fox and Monette, 1992) are calculated. These are interpretable as the inflation in size of the confidence ellipse or ellipsoid for the coefficients of the term in comparison with what would be obtained for orthogonal data.
The generalized VIFs are invariant with respect to the coding of the terms in the model (as long as the subspace of the columns of the model matrix pertaining to each term is invariant). To adjust for the dimension of the confidence ellipsoid, the function also prints GVIF^[1/(2*df)] where df is the degrees of freedom associated with the term.
Through a further generalization, the implementation here is applicable as well to other sorts of models, in particular weighted linear models, generalized linear models, and mixedeffects models.
Two methods of computing GVIFs are provided for unweighted linear models:
Setting type="terms"
(the default) behaves like the default method, and computes the GVIF for each term in the model, ignoring relations of marginality among the terms in models with interactions. GVIFs computed in this manner aren't generally sensible.
Setting type="predictor"
focuses in turn on each predictor in the model, combining the main effect for that predictor with the main effects of the predictors with which the focal predictor interacts and the interactions; e.g., in the model with formula y ~ a*b + b*c
, the GVIF for the predictor a
also includes the b
main effect and the a:b
interaction regressors; the GVIF for the predictor c
includes the b
main effect and the b:c
interaction; and the GVIF for the predictor b
includes the a
and c
main effects and the a:b
and a:c
interactions (i.e., the whole model), and is thus necessarily 1. These predictor GVIFs should be regarded as experimental.
Specific methods are provided for ordinal regression model objects produced by polr
in the MASS package and svyolr
in the survey package, which are "interceptless"; VIFs or GVIFs for linear and similar regression models without intercepts are generally not sensible.
A vector of VIFs, or a matrix containing one row for each term, and columns for the GVIF, df, and GVIF^[1/(2*df)], the last of which is intended to be comparable across terms of different dimension.
John Fox jfox@mcmaster.ca and Henric Nilsson
Fox, J. and Monette, G. (1992) Generalized collinearity diagnostics. JASA, 87, 178–183.
Fox, J. (2016) Applied Regression Analysis and Generalized Linear Models, Third Edition. Sage.
Fox, J. and Weisberg, S. (2018) An R Companion to Applied Regression, Third Edition, Sage.
vif(lm(prestige ~ income + education, data=Duncan)) vif(lm(prestige ~ income + education + type, data=Duncan)) vif(lm(prestige ~ (income + education)*type, data=Duncan), type="terms") # not recommended vif(lm(prestige ~ (income + education)*type, data=Duncan), type="predictor")
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