mark.wrapper: Constructs and runs a set of MARK models from a dataframe of...

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View source: R/mark.wrapper.R


This is a convenience function that uses a dataframe of parameter specifications created by create.model.list and it constructs and runs each model and names the models by concatenating each of the parameter specification names separated by a period. The results are returned as a marklist with a model.table constructed by collect.models.


mark.wrapper(model.list, silent = FALSE, run = TRUE,
  use.initial = FALSE, initial = NULL, ...)



a dataframe of parameter specification names in the calling frame


if TRUE, errors that are encountered are suppressed


if FALSE, only calls make.mark.model to test for model errors but does not run the models


if TRUE, initial values are constructed for new models using completed models that have already been run in the set


vector, mark model or marklist for defining initial values


arguments to be passed to mark. These must be specified as argument=value pairs.


The model names in model.list must be in the frame of the function that calls run.models. If model.list=NULL or the MARK models are collected from the frame of the calling function (the parent). If type is specified only the models of that type (e.g., "CJS") are run. In each case the models are run and saved in the parent frame. To fully understand, how this function works and its limitations, see create.model.list.

If use.initial=TRUE, prior to running a model it looks for the first model that has already been run (if any) for each parameter formula and constructs an initial vector from that previous run. For example, if you provided 5 models for p and 3 for Phi in a CJS model, as soon as the first model for p is run, in the subsequent 2 models with different Phi models, the initial values for p are assigned based on the run with the first Phi model. At the outset this seemed like a good idea to speed up execution times, but from the one set of examples I ran where several parameters were at boundaries, the results were discouraging because the models converged to a sub-optimal likelihood value than the runs using the default initial values. I've left sthis option in but set its default value to FALSE.

A possibly more useful argument is the argument initial. Previously, you could use initial=model as part of the ... arguments and it would use the estimates from that model to assign initial values for any model in the set. Now I've defined initial as a specific argument and it can be used as above or you can also use it to specify a marklist of previously run models. When you do that, the code will lookup each new model to be run in the set of models specified by initial and if it finds one with the matching name then it will use the estimates for any matching parameters as initial values in the same way as initial=model does. The model name is based on concatenating the names of each of the parameter specification objects. To make this useful, you'll want to adapt to an approach that I've started to use of naming the objects something like p.1,p.2 etc rather than naming them something like, p.time as done in many of the examples. I've found that using numeric approach is much less typing and cumbersome rather than trying to reflect the formula in the name. By default, the formula is shown in the model selection results table, so it was a bit redundant. Now where I see this being the most benefit. Individual covariate models tend to run rather slowly. So one approach is to run the sequence of models (eg results stored in initial_marklist), including the set of formulas with all of the variables other than individual covariates. Then run another set with the same numbering scheme, but adding the individual covariates to the formula and using initial=initial_marklist That will work if each parameter specification has the same name (eg., p.1=list(formula=~time) and then p.1=list(formula=~time+an_indiv_covariate)). All of the initial values will be assigned for the previous run except for any added parameters (eg. an_indiv_covariate) which will start with a 0 initial value.


if(run) marklist - list of mark models that were run and a model.table of results; if(!run) a list of models that were constructed but not run.


Jeff Laake

See Also

collect.models, mark, create.model.list

RMark documentation built on Nov. 7, 2019, 1:06 a.m.

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