MCMCtrace: Trace and density plots from MCMC output

Description Usage Arguments Details Examples

View source: R/MCMCtrace.R

Description

Trace and density plots of MCMC chains for specific parameters of interest. Print plots to pdf by default.

Usage

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MCMCtrace(object, params = "all", excl = NULL, ISB = TRUE,
  iter = 5000, gvals = NULL, priors = NULL, post_zm = TRUE,
  PPO_out = FALSE, Rhat = FALSE, n.eff = FALSE, ind = FALSE,
  pdf = TRUE, open_pdf = TRUE, filename, wd = getwd(),
  type = "both", ylim = NULL, xlim = NULL, xlab_tr, ylab_tr,
  xlab_den, ylab_den, main_den = NULL, main_tr = NULL, lwd_den = 1,
  lwd_pr = 1, lty_den = 1, lty_pr = 1, col_den, col_pr, col_txt,
  sz_txt = 1.2, sz_ax = 1, sz_ax_txt = 1, sz_tick_txt = 1,
  sz_main_txt = 1.2, pos_tick_x_tr = NULL, pos_tick_y_tr = NULL,
  pos_tick_x_den = NULL, pos_tick_y_den = NULL)

Arguments

object

Object containing MCMC output. See DETAILS below.

params

Character string (or vector of character strings) denoting parameters of interest.

Default 'all' returns chains for all parameters.

excl

Character string (or vector of character strings) denoting parameters to exclude. Used in conjunction with params argument to select parameters of interest.

ISB

Ignore Square Brackets (ISB). Logical specifying whether square brackets should be ignored in the params and excl arguments. If TRUE, square brackets are ignored - input from params and excl are otherwise matched exactly. If FALSE, square brackets are not ignored - input from params and excl are matched using grep, which can take arguments in regular expression format. This allows partial names to be used when specifying parameters of interest.

iter

Number of iterations to plot for trace and density plots. The default value is 5000, meaning the last 5000 iterations of the chain will be plotted.

gvals

Vector containing generating values if simulated data was used to fit model. These values will be plotted as vertical lines on the density plots to compare posterior distributions with the true parameter values used to generate the data. No line will be apparent if the generating value is outside the plotted range of the posterior distribution.

priors

Matrix containing random draws from prior distributions corresponding to parameters of interest. If specified, priors are plotted along with posterior density plots. Percent overlap between prior and posterior (PPO) is also calculated and displayed on each plot. Each column of the matrix represents a prior for a different parameter. Parameters are plotted alphabetically - priors should be sorted accordingly. If priors contains only one prior and more than one parameter is specified for the params argument, this prior will be used for all parameters. The number of draws for each prior should equal the number of iterations specified by iter (or total draws if less than iter) times the number of chains, though the function will automatically adjust if more or fewer iterations are specified. See DETAILS below.

post_zm

Logical - if post_zm = FALSE x- and y-limits of density plots are scaled so that both the prior and posterior can be visualized on a single density plot (rather than zoomed on the posterior).

PPO_out

Logical - if PPO_out = TRUE percent overlap between prior and posterior (PPO) will be output to a dataframe.

Rhat

Logical - if Rhat = TRUE potential scale reduction factor (Rhat) for each parameter is plotted on the trace plots.

n.eff

Logical - if n.eff = TRUE number of effective samples for each parameter is plotted on the trace plots.

ind

Logical - if ind = TRUE, separate density lines will be plotted for each chain. If ind= FALSE, one density line will be plotted for all chains.

pdf

Logical - if pdf = TRUE plots will be exported to a pdf.

open_pdf

Logical - if open_pdf = TRUE pdf will open in viewer after being generated.

filename

Name of pdf file to be printed. Default is 'MCMCtrace'.

wd

Working directory for pdf output. Default is current directory.

type

Type of plot to be output. 'both' outputs both trace and density plots, 'trace' outputs only trace plots, and 'density' outputs only density plots.

ylim

Vector of length two specifying limits for y-axis on density plots only. If specified, overrides argument post_zm.

xlim

Vector of length two specifying limits for x-axis on density plots only. If specified, overrides argument post_zm.

xlab_tr

Character string specifying label for x-axis on trace plots.

ylab_tr

Character string specifying label for x-axis on trace plots.

xlab_den

Character string specifying label for x-axis on density plots.

ylab_den

Character string specifying label for x-axis on density plots.

main_den

Character string (or vector of character strings if plotting > 1 parameter) specifying title(s) of density plot(s).

main_tr

Character string (or vector of character strings if plotting > 1 parameter) specifying title(s) of trace plot(s).

lwd_den

Number specifying thickness of density line on density plots.

lwd_pr

Number specifying thickness of prior line on density plots.

lty_den

Number specifying the line type for the density line on density plots.

lty_pr

Number specifying the line type for the prior line on density plots.

col_den

Character string specifying color of density line on density plots. Does not specify color if ind = TRUE.

col_pr

Character string specifying color of prior line on density plots.

col_txt

Character string specifying color of text (denoting PPO) on plot when value specified for priors. If NULL is specified, no text will be plot.

sz_txt

Number specifying size of text (denoting PPO) when value specified for priors. If NULL is specified, no text will be plot.

sz_ax

Number specifying thickness of axes and ticks.

sz_ax_txt

Number specifying size of text for axes labels.

sz_tick_txt

Number specifying size of text for tick labels on axis.

sz_main_txt

Number specifying size of text for main title.

pos_tick_x_tr

Numeric vector specifying where ticks on x-axis should be placed for trace plots.

pos_tick_y_tr

Numeric vector specifying where ticks on y-axis should be placed for trace plots.

pos_tick_x_den

Numeric vector specifying where ticks on x-axis should be placed for density plots.

pos_tick_y_den

Numeric vector specifying where ticks on y-axis should be placed for density plots.

Details

object argument can be a stanfit object (rstan package), an mcmc.list object (coda package), an R2jags model object (R2jags package), a jagsUI model object (jagsUI package), or a matrix containing MCMC chains (each column representing MCMC output for a single parameter, rows representing iterations in the chain). The function automatically detects the object type and proceeds accordingly.

Matrices for the priors argument can be generated using commands such as rnorm, rgamma, runif, etc. Distributions not supported by base R can be generated by using the appropriate packages. It is important to note that some discrepancies between MCMC samplers and R may exist regarding the parameterization of distributions - one example of this is the use of precision in JAGS but standard deviation in R for the 'second parameter' of the normal distribution. If the number of draws for each prior distribution is greater than the total number used for the density plot (iter times the number of chains), the function will use a subset of the prior draws. If the number of draws for each prior distribution is less than the total number used for the density plot, the function will resample (with replacement) from the prior to obtain the appropriate number of draws.

Examples

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#Load data
data(MCMC_data)

#Traceplots for all 'beta' parameters - a pdf of the traceplots is generated by default
MCMCtrace(MCMC_data, params = 'beta', pdf = FALSE)

#Traceplots (individual density lines for each chain) just for 'beta[1]'
#'params' takes regular expressions when ISB = FALSE, square brackets must be escaped with '\\'
MCMCtrace(MCMC_data, params = 'beta\\[1\\]', ISB = FALSE, ind = TRUE, pdf = FALSE)

#Plot prior on top of posterior, calculate prior/posterior overlap (PPO) just for 'beta[1]'
#Add Rhat and n.eff values to density plots
#'params' takes regular expressions when ISB = FALSE, square brackets must be escaped with '\\'
PR <- rnorm(15000, 0, 32)
MCMCtrace(MCMC_data, params = 'beta\\[1\\]', ISB = FALSE, priors = PR, 
pdf = FALSE, Rhat = TRUE, n.eff = TRUE)

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