# How to calculate Theil–Sen estimator in R?

I found a useful method named "Theil–Sen estimator" on wikipedia: here

This method seems to be covered with mblm function on the mblm library.

I have one doub about it, if I do:

x <- c(1,2,3)
y <- c(2,6,7)
mod <- mblm(x~y)


It work perfectly, but I don't understand how to remove the intercept (set it to zero).

With lm() I do lm(x~y+0) but in this case I still see the intercept value.

So the first question is: How to set the intercept at 0 ?

The second question is about using this function with a matrix, take a look at the code below:

> y
 6 4 1 8 7
>
> t
[,1] [,2]
[1,]    2   32
[2,]    5  762
[3,]    6    5
[4,]   23    9
[5,]   34   16
> mblm(y~t)

Call:
mblm(formula = y ~ t)

Coefficients:
(Intercept)            t
NA           NA


Why those NA / NA ?

If I do the same thing with lm() I don't have problems.

> lm(y~t)

Call:
lm(formula = y ~ t)

Coefficients:
(Intercept)           t1           t2
3.453e+00    1.247e-01    5.435e-06


So the second question is: Can I use a matrix on the right side of the formula?

Thank you

Finally, the default for this function is to use Siegel repeated medians; for the Thiel-Sen test, you need to specify repeated=FALSE. See the help page for more information.