[R] nlme function summary.lmList cannot be found with new versions

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Nov 20 23:32:07 CET 2013

On 20/11/2013 21:42, Ben Bolker wrote:
> megan herting <mherting <at> chla.usc.edu> writes:
>> Hello,
>> I installed the newest version of R (3.0.2) as well as the
>> newest version of
>> nlme (3.1-113) in order to use summary.lmList and other
>> nlme functions. Once
>> loading the new library, lmList and summary.lm can be found,
>>   but a number of
>> additional functions cannot be found via command.
>> Versions installed and loaded are correct. Any suggestions on how to allow
>> for these functions of the new version of nlme to be found and used?
>    R started exporting a lot fewer functions from base packages
> (i.e., making them easily/publicly available).  You can use

Well, nlme is not a base package (it is a recommended package), and 
summary.lmList was not exported in 2004 when the current SVN repository 
was started.  And I just fired up R 2.0.0 (Oct 2004) to cross-check.

> getAnywhere() to find out where a hidden method lives, if you don't
> know, but in this case I think
> nlme:::summary.lmList
> should work.  (For everyday use you shouldn't need to dig out
> hidden functions with ::: -- if you have an object of class 'lmList',
> then summary(object) should just work.)

As ?summary.lmList says the 'Usage' is.

So someone is using some very old documentation.

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