Generates the basis matrix of regular M-spline, periodic M-spline, and the corresponding integrals and derivatives.

## Usage

mSpline(
x,
df = NULL,
knots = NULL,
degree = 3L,
intercept = FALSE,
Boundary.knots = NULL,
periodic = FALSE,
derivs = 0L,
integral = FALSE,
...
)

## Arguments

x

The predictor variable. Missing values are allowed and will be returned as they are.

df

Degree of freedom that equals to the column number of the returned matrix. One can specify df rather than knots. For M-splines, the function chooses df - degree - as.integer(intercept) internal knots at suitable quantiles of x ignoring missing values and those x outside of the boundary. For periodic M-spline (periodic = TRUE), df - as.integer(intercept) internal knots will be chosen at suitable quantiles of x relative to the beginning of the cyclic intervals they belong to (see Examples) and the number of internal knots must be greater or equal to the specified degree - 1. If internal knots are specified via knots, the specified df will be ignored.

knots

The internal breakpoints that define the splines. The default is NULL, which results in a basis for ordinary polynomial regression. Typical values are the mean or median for one knot, quantiles for more knots. For periodic splines (periodic = TRUE), the number of knots must be greater or equal to the specified degree - 1.

degree

A nonnegative integer specifying the degree of the piecewise polynomial. The default value is 3 for cubic splines. Zero degree is allowed for piecewise constant basis functions.

intercept

If TRUE, the complete basis matrix will be returned. Otherwise, the first basis will be excluded from the output.

Boundary.knots

Boundary points at which to anchor the splines. By default, they are the range of x excluding NA. If both knots and Boundary.knots are supplied, the basis parameters do not depend on x. Data can extend beyond Boundary.knots. For periodic splines (periodic = TRUE), the specified boundary knots define the cyclic interval.

periodic

A logical value. If TRUE, the periodic splines will be returned instead of regular M-splines. The default value is FALSE.

derivs

A nonnegative integer specifying the order of derivatives of M-splines. The default value is 0L for M-spline basis functions.

integral

A logical value. If TRUE, the corresponding integrals of spline basis functions will be returned. The default value is FALSE. For periodic splines, the integral of each basis is integrated from the left boundary knot.

...

Optional arguments that are not used.

## Value

A numeric matrix of length(x) rows and df columns if

df is specified. If knots are specified instead, the output matrix will consist of length(knots) + degree + as.integer(intercept) columns if periodic = FALSE, or

length(knots) + as.integer(intercept) columns if periodic = TRUE. Attributes that correspond to the arguments specified are returned for usage of other functions in this package.

## Details

This function contains an implementation of the closed-form M-spline basis based on the recursion formula given by Ramsay (1988) or periodic M-spline basis following the procedure producing periodic B-splines given in Piegl and Tiller (1997). For monotone regression, one can use I-splines (see iSpline) instead of M-splines.

Ramsay, J. O. (1988). Monotone regression splines in action. Statistical science, 3(4), 425--441.

Piegl, L., & Tiller, W. (1997). The NURBS book. Springer Science & Business Media.