manyany: Fitting Many Univariate Models to Multivariate Abundance Data

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manyanyR Documentation

Fitting Many Univariate Models to Multivariate Abundance Data


manyany is used to fit many univariate models (GLMs, GAMs, otherwise) to high-dimensional data, such as multivariate abundance data in ecology. This is the base model-fitting function - see plot.manyany for assumption checking, and anova.manyany for significance testing.


manyany(formula, fn, family="negative.binomial", data, composition = FALSE, 
block = NULL, get.what="details", var.power=NA, na.action = "na.exclude", ...)
## S3 method for class 'manyany'
print(x, digits = max(3L, getOption("digits") - 3L), ...) 



an object of class "formula" (or one that can be coerced to that class): a symbolic description of the model to be fitted. The details of model specification are given under Details.


a character string giving the name of the function for the univariate model to be applied. e.g. "glm".


a description of the error distribution function to be used in the model, either as a character string, a family object, or a list of such objects, one for each response variable in the dataset. Such a list enables the fitting of models with different distributions for different responses. See Details for the families currently supported.


an optional data frame containing predictor variables (a matrix is also acceptable).


logical. FALSE (default) fits a separate model to each species. TRUE fits a single model to all variables, including site as a row effect, such that all other terms model relative abundance (compositional effects).


a factor specifying the sampling level to be resampled. Default is resampling rows (if composition=TRUE in the manyany command, this means resampling rows of data as originally sent to manyany).


what to return from each model fit: "details" (default) includes predicted values and residuals in output, "models" also returns the fitted objects for each model, "none" returns just the log-likelihood (mostly for internal use).


the power parameter, if using the tweedie distribution.


Default set to exclude (for details see na.exclude) to avoid errors when NA's in predictors.


further arguments passed to the fitting function.


an object of class "manyany", usually, a result of a call to manyany.


how many digits to include in the printed anova table.


manyany can be used to fit the model type specified in fn to many variables simultaneously, a generalisation of manyglm to handle other model types. It should be able to handle any fixed effects modelling function that has predict and logLik functions, and that accepts a family argument, provided that the family is on our list (currently 'gaussian', 'poisson', 'binomial', 'negative.binomial' and 'tweedie', although models for ordinal data are also accepted if using the clm function from the ordinal package). Models for manyany are specified symbolically, see for example the details section of lm and formula.

Unlike manyglm, this function accepts family functions as arguments instead of just character strings, giving greater flexibility. For example, you could use family=binomial(link="probit") to fit a model using the probit link, rather than being restricted to the default logit link or cloglog links available in manyglm.

A data argument is required, and it must be a dataframe.

Setting composition=TRUE enables compositional analyses, where predictors are used to model relative abundance rather than mean abundance. This is achieved by vectorising the response matrix and fitting a single model across all variables, with a row effect to account for differences in relative abundance across rows. The default composition=FALSE just fits a separate model for each variable.


manyany returns an object inheriting from "manyany".

The function anova (i.e. anova.manyany) will produce a significance test comparing two manyany objects. Currently there is no summary resampling function for objects of this class.

The generic accessor functions fitted.values, residuals, logLik, AIC, plot can be used to extract various useful features of the value returned by manyany.

An object of class "manyany" is a list containing at least the following components:


a vector of log-likelihood terms for each response variable in the fitted model.


the matrix of fitted mean values, obtained by transforming the linear predictors by the inverse of the link function.


the matrix of probability integral transform (PIT) residuals. If the fitted model is a good fit, these will be approximately standard uniformly distributed.


the linear fit on link scale. But for ordinal models fitted using clm, these values are for the first category only.


a vector of family arguments, one for each response variable.


the matched call.


the model.frame from the model for the last response variable.


a list of terms from the model for the last response variable.


David Warton <>.


Warton D. I., Wright S., and Wang, Y. (2012). Distance-based multivariate analyses confound location and dispersion effects. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 3(1), 89-101.

See Also

anova.manyany, residuals.manyany, plot.manyany.



spider = list(abund=spider$abund, x = as.matrix(spider$x))

## To fit a log-linear model assuming counts are negative binomial, via manyglm:
spidNB <- manyany(abund~x,"manyglm",data=spider,family="negative.binomial")

logLik(spidNB) # a number of generic functions are applible to manyany objects

## To fit a glm with complementary log-log link to presence/absence data:
PAdat = pmin(as.matrix(spider$abund),1) #constructing presence/absence dataset
spidPA <- manyany(PAdat~x,"glm",data=spider,family=binomial("cloglog"))
# There are some wild values in there for the Pardmont variable (residuals >5 or <-8).
#The Pardmont model didn't converge, coefficients are a bit crazy:

# could try again using the glm2 package to fit the models, this fixes things up:
## Not run: library(glm2)
## Not run: spidPA2<-manyany(PAdat~x,"glm",data=spider,family=binomial("cloglog"),method="glm.fit2")
## Not run: plot(spidPA2) #looks much better.

## To simultaneously fit models to ordinal data using the ordinal package:
## Not run: library(ordinal)
## First construct an ordinal dataset:
## Not run: spidOrd = spider$abund
## Not run: spidOrd[spider$abund>1 & spider$abund<=10]=2
## Not run: spidOrd[spider$abund>10]=3
## Now fit a model using the clm function:
## Not run: manyOrd=manyany(spidOrd~bare.sand+fallen.leaves,"clm",data=data.frame(spider$x))
## Not run: plot(manyOrd)

mvabund documentation built on March 18, 2022, 7:25 p.m.