This function is generic; method functions can be written to handle specific classes of objects. Classes which already have methods for this function include:
Initialize(object, data, ...)
- any object requiring initialization, e.g. "plug-in" structures such as
- a data frame to be used in the initialization procedure.
- some methods for this generic function require additional arguments.
an initialized object with the same class as
object. Changes introduced by the initialization procedure will depend on the method function used; see the appropriate documentation.
Pinheiro, J.C., and Bates, D.M. (2000) "Mixed-Effects Models in S and S-PLUS", Springer.
## see the method function documentation
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