Thiel-Sen regression is a robust regression method for two variables. The symmetric option gives a variant that is symmentric in x and y.

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`formula` |
a model formula with a single continuous response on the left and a single continuous predictor on the right. |

`data` |
an optional data frame, list or environment containing the variables in the model. |

`subset` |
an optional vector specifying a subset of observations to be used in the fitting process. |

`weights` |
an optional vector of weights to be used in the fitting process. |

`na.action` |
a function which indicates what should happen when the data
contain NAs. The default is set by the na.action setting of |

`conf` |
the width of the computed confidence limit. |

`nboot` |
number of bootstrap samples used to compute standard errors and/or confidence limits. If this is 0 or missing then an asypmtotic formula is used. |

`symmetric` |
compute an estimate whose slope is symmetric in x and y. |

`eps` |
the tolerance used to detect tied values in x and y |

`x,y, model` |
logicals. If TRUE the corresponding components of the fit (the model frame, the model matrix, or the response) is returned. |

One way to characterize the slope of an ordinary least squares line
is that *p(x, r)* =0, where where *p* is the
correlation coefficient and r is the vector of residuals from the
fitted line.
Thiel-Sen regression replaces *p* with Kendall's
*tau*, a non-parametric alternative.
It it resistant to outliers while retaining good statistical
efficiency.

The symmetric form of the estimate is based on solving the inverse
equation: find that rotation of the original data such that
*tau(x,y)=0* for the rotated data.
(In a similar fashion,the rotation such the least squares slope is zero yields
Deming regression.)
In this case it is possible to have multiple solutions, i.e., slopes
that yeild a 0 correlation, although this is rare unless the deviations
from the fitted line are large.

The default confidence interval estimate is based on the result of Sen, which is in turn based on the relationship to Kendall's tau and is essentially an inversion of the confidence interval for tau. The argument does not extend to the symmetric case, for which we recommend using a bootstrap confidence interval based on 500-1000 replications.

thielsen returns an object of `class`

"thielsen" with components

`coefficients` |
the intercept and slope |

`residuals` |
residuals from the fitted line |

`angle` |
if the symmetric option is chosen, this contains all of the solutions for the angle of the regression line |

`n` |
number of data points |

`model,x,y` |
optional componets as specified by the x, y, and model arguments |

`terms` |
the terms object corresponding to the formula |

`na.action` |
na.action information, if applicable |

`call` |
a copy of the call to the function |

The generic accessor functions
`coef`

, `residuals`

, and `terms`

extract the relevant components.

Terry Therneau

Thiel, H. (1950), A rank-invariant method of linear and polynomial regression analysis. I, II, III, Nederl. Akad. Wetensch., Proc. 53: 386-392, 521-525, 1397-1412.

Sen, P.B. (1968), Estimates of the regression coefficient based on Kendall's tau, Journal of the American Statistical Association 63: 1379-1389.

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