mvabund-package | R Documentation |

This package provides tools for a model-based approach to the analysis of multivariate abundance data in ecology (Warton 2011), where 'abundance' should be interpreted loosely - as well as counts you could have presence/absence, ordinal or biomass (via `manyany`

), etc.

There are graphical methods for exploring the properties of data and the community-environment association, flexible regression methods for estimating and making robust inferences about the community-environment association, 'fourth corner models' to explain environmental response as a function of traits, and diagnostic plots to check the appropriateness of a fitted model (Wang et. al 2012).

There is an emphasis on design-based inferences about these models, e.g. bootstrapping rows of residuals via `anova`

calls, or cross-validation across rows, to make multivariate inferences that are robust to failure of assumptions about correlation. Another emphasis is on presenting diagnostic tools to check assumptions, especially via residual plotting.

The key functions available in this package are the following.

**For graphical display of the data:**

`plot.mvabund`

draw a range of plots for Multivariate Abundance Data

`boxplot.mvabund`

draw a range of plots of Model Formulae for Multivariate Abundance Data

`meanvar.plot`

draw mean-variance plots for Multivariate Abundance Data

**For estimating and displaying Linear Models:**

`manylm`

Fitting Linear Models for Multivariate Abundance Data

`summary.manylm`

summarizie Multivariate Linear Model Fits for Abundance Data

`anova.manylm`

obtain ANOVA for Multivariate Linear Model Fits for Abundance Data

`plot.manylm`

plot diagnostics for a

`manylm`

Object

**For estimating and displaying Generalized Linear Models:**

`manyglm`

fit Generalized Linear Models for Multivariate Abundance Data

`summary.manyglm`

summarize Multivariate Generalized Linear Model Fits for Abundance Data

`anova.manyglm`

obtain Analysis of Deviance for Multivariate Generalized Linear Model Fits for Abundance Data

`plot.manyglm`

plot diagnostics for a

`manyglm`

Object

Other generic functions like `residuals`

, `predict`

, `AIC`

can be applied to `manyglm`

objects.

**For estimating and displaying 'fourth corner models'** with species traits as well as environmental predictors:

`traitglm`

predict abundance using a GLM as a function of traits as well as environmental variables

`anova.traitglm`

obtain Analysis of Deviance for a fourth corner model of abundance

Other generic functions like `plot`

, `residuals`

, `predict`

, `AIC`

can be applied to `traitglm`

objects. Note `traitglm`

can work slowly, as it fits a single big model to vectorised data (then wants to resample it when you call `anova.traitglm`

).

**For fitting more flexible models:**

`manyany`

simultaneously fit univariate models to each response variable from 'any' input function

`anova.manyany`

simultaneously test for a community-level effect, comparing two or more

`manyany`

objects`glm1path`

fit a path of Generalised Linear Models with L1 ('LASSO') penalties

`cv.glm1path`

choose the value of the L1 penalty in a

`glm1path`

fit by cross-validation

Other generic functions like `residuals`

, `predict`

, `AIC`

can be applied to `manyany`

and `glm1path`

objects. These functions also can be on the slow side, especially if all rare species are included.

**For providing a data structure:**

`mvabund`

create a mvabund object

`mvformula`

create Model Formulae for Multivariate Abundance Data

**Example datasets:**

`Tasmania`

meiobenthic community data from Tasmania. Used to demonstrate test for interaction.

`solberg`

solberg species counts with a 3-level treatment factor.

`spider`

hunting spiders counts from different sites.

`tikus`

solberg nematode counts from Tikus island.

`antTraits`

ant counts from Eucalypt forests, with trait measurements.

For more details, see the documentation for any of the individual functions listed above.

David Warton David.Warton@unsw.edu.au, Yi Wang and Ulrike Naumann.

Brown AM, Warton DI, Andrew NR, Binns M, Cassis G and Gibb H (2014) The fourth corner solution - using species traits to better understand how species traits interact with their environment, *Methods in Ecology and Evolution* 5, 344-352.

Warton D.I. (2008a). Raw data graphing: an informative but under-utilized tool for the analysis of multivariate abundances. *Austral Ecology* 33, 290-300.

Warton D.I. (2008b). Penalized normal likelihood and ridge regularization of correlation and covariance matrices. *Journal of the American Statistical Association* 103, 340-349.

Warton D.I. (2011). Regularized sandwich estimators for analysis of high dimensional data using generalized estimating equations. *Biometrics*, 67, 116-123.

Warton DI, Shipley B & Hastie T (2015) CATS regression - a model-based approach to studying trait-based community assembly, *Methods in Ecology and Evolution* 6, 389-398.

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

Wang Y., Neuman U., Wright S. and Warton D. I. (2012). mvabund: an R package
for model-based analysis of multivariate abundance data. *Methods in Ecology and Evolution*, 3, 471-473.

`plot.mvabund`

, `meanvar.plot`

,
`manyany`

, `manylm`

, `manyglm`

, `traitglm`

, `summary.manylm`

, `anova.manyany`

, `anova.manylm`

, `anova.traitglm`

, `anova.manyglm`

, `plot.manylm`

require(graphics) ## Load the spider dataset: data(spider) ## Create the mvabund object spiddat: spiddat <- mvabund(spider$abund) X <- as.matrix(spider$x) ## Draw a plot of the spider data: plot(spiddat, col="gray1", n.vars=8, transformation="sqrt", xlab=c("Hunting Spider"), ylab="Spider Species", scale.lab="s", t.lab="t", shift=TRUE, fg= "lightblue", col.main="red", main="Spiders") ## A mean-variance plot, data organised by year, ## for 1981 and 1983 only, as in Figure 7a of Warton (2008a): data(tikus) tikusdat <- mvabund(tikus$abund) year <- tikus$x[,1] is81or83 <- year==81 | year==83 meanvar.plot(tikusdat~year,legend=TRUE, subset=is81or83, col=c(1,10)) ## Create a formula for multivariate abundance data: foo <- mvformula( spiddat~X ) ## Create a List of Univariate Formulas: fooUni <- formulaUnimva(spiddat~X) fooUniInt <- formulaUnimva(spiddat~X, intercept=TRUE) ## Find the three variables that best explain the response: best.r.sq( foo, n.xvars= 3) ## Fit a multivariate linear model: foo <- mvformula( spiddat~X ) lm.spider <- manylm(foo) ## Plot Diagnostics for a multivariate linear model: plot(lm.spider,which=1:2,col.main="red",cex=3,overlay=FALSE) ## Obtain a summary of test statistics using residual resampling: summary(lm.spider, nBoot=500) ## Calculate a ANOVA Table: anova(lm.spider, nBoot=500)

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