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spaMM News
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 4.5.0
NEW FEATURES
A form of comparison of two fits by a bootstrap likelihoodratio test has been enabled in a case where the chisquare test is prevented (as likely to give meaningless result), namely when at least one of the fits involves a randomeffect residual dispersion model and the dispersion models differ between the two fits.
Although simulate(.,type="marginal", newdata=<nonNULL>) was formally allowed, it worked only in a few cases. It is now more thoroughly implemented.
Although predict(<fit with composite randomeffect term>, newdata=<nonNULL>) does not yet work for all forms of composite random effects, an advanced experimental implementation is now available for composite geostatistical (Matern, Cauchy), timeseries, adjacency and IMRF terms (corrMatrix terms were already previously handled).
Composite 'MaternIMRFa' random effects can now be fitted.
New 'which' value "v_condcov" handled by get_matrix() extractor.
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The default simulation 'type' for the optional bootstrap procedure in confint() is now "marginal", which is the default simulate() type used in several other bootstrap procedures in spaMM. Previously the default simulation type in confint() was "conditional"; this was not documented and it implied that a nondefault specification of 'type' in the confint() call was generally needed to obtain meaningful bootstrap confidence intervals.
Revised default values for 'prior.weights' and binomial 'sizes' arguments for simulate.HLfit(), and improved warnings when nontrivial defaults are used. The simulated values themselves will be modified only in the case where both 'newdata' are provided and constant nonunit 'prior.weights' were used in the fit. In this case as in some others a warning will show the values used.
The anova method for GLMs fitted by spaMM procedures has been modified to tentatively track the changes in stats:::anova.glm (quoting the Rnews: The "glm" method for anova() computes test statistics and pvalues by default, using a chisquared test or an F test depending on whether the dispersion is fixed or free. Test statistics can be suppressed by giving argument test a false logical value).
pdep_effects() gets a new explicit argument 'level' [passed to predict.HLfit()], to spare users from having to find the way to circumvent its partialmatching with the 'levels' argument.
dopar(), when calling foreach(), now uses by default the foreach '.final' control rather than '.combine'.
Efforts to better document, through warnings in particular, the limitations of the current predictionvariance computations, for randomcoefficient and composite random effects in particular.
FIXED BUGS
combinepar() could fail in some noninteractive sessions (a quite minor issue since it is an experiment in progress, and not called by other spaMM procedures but by the Infusion package).
LRT() [or equivalently anova() with two fits as input] could fail when one fit included a randomcoefficient term.
Calls to RSpectra::eigs_sym() can fail for numerical (floatingpoint) reasons. This is now handled by the calling spaMM procedure.
simulate.HLfit() with 'newdata' on models including Markov Random Field terms (IMRF and so on) could fail.
simulate.HLfit() on some multivariateresponse models including zerotruncated families could fail.
predict(<multivariateresponse fit>, newdata=<nonNULL>) failed for rankdeficient fixedeffect design matrices, and/or when the fittingfunction 'X2X' argument had been used to modify the design matrix for fixed effects.
Fits with Cauchy() random effects only worked for fixed values of its 'longdep' and 'shape' correlation parameters, due to a bug in the code for optimization bounds.
DEPENDENCIES
New dependency 'RANN' (as a suggested package, optionally used for control of fits with IMRF terms).
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 4.4.16
NEW FEATURES
New predict.HLfit(., na.action) argument to control handling of missing predictors in the 'newdata'.
Some computations in predict.HLfit() may be performed in parallel, as controlled by new argument 'cluster_args'.
mapMM() and spaMM.filled.contour() now return some graphic elements of the plot.
Code made compatible with anticipated change in result of NCOL(NULL) in base R.
FIXED BUGS
Several issues with postfit functions on LMs with sparse design matrix (as may happen by default when the predictor variable is a factor with many levels).
Internal default value of 'map.asp' in spaMMplot2D() was not always appropriate, resulting in a failure of the plot.
pdep_effects() and plot_effects() did not handle factors well enough, and did not handle fits with nonestimable fixedeffect coefficients.
Some fits could fail with recent versions of the Matrix package.
Some prediction variance computations could fail for AR1 models.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 4.4.0
NEW FEATURES
predict(<multivariateresponse fit>, re.form=<formula>, ...) and simulate(<idem>) now more thoroughly implemented.
Easier control of multivariateresponse bootstraps made possible by several changes. Notably, simulate4boot() gets a '...' argument, for additional arguments now passed to simulate.HLfit(). See also help("respName").
Corr() return value is modified for some models, notably IMRF ones.
Improved choice of sparse versus dense matrix methods for models including several Matern( 0+<indicator for level of factor>  <coords>) terms (and surely also for other correlation models than Matern).
Normalization of 'IMRF' models (including 'MaternIMRFa') on irregular grids, so that the random effect is homoscedastic, is now possible.
New DoF() extractor for degrees of freedom.
FIXED BUGS
Several bugs have been fixed for simulate(., newdata=.) for multivariateresponse fits.
Fixed a stopping bug due to a typo, in rarely executed code handling a case where the Cholesky factorisation of a model matrix failed.
Lower alpha value for 'MaternIMRFa' terms set to 1+1e08, as inla::inla.spde2.matern() is not numerically stable in alpha=1.
Multivariateresponse fits mixing random effects implemented through corrFamily objects together with random effects not implemented in this way could fail (stop).
A workaround has been implemented to handle a bug in geometry::tsearch (possibly related to https://github.com/davidcsterratt/geometry/issues/46 and /57) which had the effect that some data located within a mesh defining an IMRF term were treated as if out of the mesh.
DEPENDENCIES
spaMM now imports the 'backports' package.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 4.3.20
NEW FEATURES
LRT() (a.k.a anova.HLfit() with two input fits) revised to better suggest variants of LR tests suitable for the models compared, and to more accurately (and sometimes rather verbosely) report possible problems.
New simulate4boot() function, useful for precomputing bootstrap samples to be used by spaMM_boot(). The latter function gets a new argument 'boot_samples' to input such precomputed samples.
New spaMM2boot() function, differing from spaMM_boot() by the format of its return value, which is suitable for input for boot::boot.ci().
New simulate_ranef() function.
New lev2bool() convenience function for conversion of factor to 0/1 variable.
div_info() revised to provide more clear information; but this feature is still experimental.
ANTICIPATING VERSION 1.6.0 OF 'Matrix' PACKAGE
Backwardincompatible changes will be introduced in Matrix v1.6.0. spaMM code has been preemptively modified to prevent bugs that would result from these changes, including a silent one (sigh). Still, users might occasionally need to recompute some fit objects created with older versions of Matrix.
BUG FIXES
Problems with 'composite' Matern random effects: error when a level is found only once in the data, and predict() failures.
LRT(<fit of GLM>, test="F"), and probably a few other cases of the ANOVA tables for fixedeffect models, could fail when the design matrix is singular.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 4.3.0
NEW FEATURES
Betabinomial models can be fitted ('betabin' family).
New 'clinics' data set.
The residVar() extractor now handles missing information in its 'newdata' argument
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deviance() now returns weighted residuals when relevant, for consistency with stats::deviance. Its documentation now details this distinction, with several examples.
BUG FIXES
Result of dev_resids() and deviance() extractors was not appropriately documented for nonGLM families.
Residualvariance extractors had not fully taken account of new features of spaMM (such as new response families) for a long time and could fail for some combinations of arguments (e.g., get_residVar() with 'newdata' for a multivariateresponse fit with nonGLM families).
summary.HLfit() failed on fixedeffect models with nonGLM responses families and fixed (by 'etaFix' argument) fixedeffect coefficients.
A fit could fail (stop) when the model formula included a factor with many levels as fixed effect, and a random effect with dense correlation matrix.
DEPENDENCIES
spaMM now depends on R>=3.5.0.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 4.2.0
NEW FEATURES
New fixedeffect terms defined by functions X.GCA() and X.antisym() for dyadic interactions.
Residual dispersion models can be fitted for the negbin1, negbin2 and beta response family.
Most restrictions on composite randomeffect terms have been removed. For example, composite AR1 or ARp random effects can now be fitted.
fitmv() gets new argument 'X2X' allowing to fit shared fixedeffect coefficients among different submodels of a multivariateresponse fit.
LRT() now handles comparisons of models with any form of residualdispersion model.
(Hopefully) improved control of starting values for fixedeffect coefficients, relevant for some difficult cases with log link.
numInfo() more correctly handles partiallyfixed randomcoefficient parameters.
anova() when used as interface to lmerTest methods, more correctly handles partiallyfixed randomcoefficient parameters.
numInfo() gets new 'sing' argument controlling the computation and display of small eigenvalues of the information matrix.
Extended handling, by predict() and simulate() for multivariateresponse models, of missing information in 'newdata'.
New get_fittedPars() extractor.
The range of response values is now checked for beta response family.
New combinepar() interface for parallel computations, always calling foreach to handle any 'control$.combine' argument.
Faster COMPoissonresponse fits (from a few to more the 50 percent depending on arguments).
New 'Leuca' data set.
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Some names in output of prediction intervals and of confidence intervals depend on confidence levels, whose conversion to string depends on the 'OutDec' global option. The relevant spaMM code now locally ensures that OutDec is '.' irrespective of any globallyset value, to favour portability of spaMM results.
The package option 'CMP_asympto_cond' should now be a function rather than a (quoted) expression. Formally, this is a backwardincompatible change as the options is documented (though changing it was not encouraged).
FIXED BUGS
Binomial GLMs with noncanonical link could no longer be fitted (! – mixedeffect models were OK).
For some response family, fixedeffect models could not, or no longer, handle design matrices in sparse Matrix format.
A computation was incorrect for COMPoisson distribution with huge expectation. Fixing it has had no visible effect so far.
Fits of simple mixedeffect models with randomcoefficient terms were subject to two potential problems:
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When fitted by "inner" estimation methods [in particular, by HLfit() or HLCor() rather than fitme()], the fit could stop in cases where the observed information matrix differs from the expected one (e.g, for the Gamma(log) response family).
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Using fitme() to fit such models worked for all response families, but a profile confint() procedure for fixedeffect coefficients on the resulting fit object could then stop.
Although using HLfit() to fit such models now works for all response families, the confint() procedure does not work on the resulting fit object. This problem is cleanly reported, with a suggestion to fit the model by fitme().All problems with deviance computations for the 'negbin1' family had not been solved in the previous version, more specifically for the zerotruncated family, where it has been corrected in this version (numerical inaccuracies can still occur in the case of jointly vanishing 'scale' and 'mu'). Even more than previously, the imperfections of these computations may be unnoticeable in practice.
DEPENDENCIES
'memoise' suggested dependency has been removed.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 4.1.20
NEW FEATURES
LRT() can now perform comparisons of fits differing only by their residualdispersion models, when the latter are fixedeffect models.
Change in the default return value of the fixef() extractor for rankdeficient mixedeffect models, creating a potential incompatibility with some code using this extractor, but actually helpful for the next feature:
Various improvements of the procedure for anova() tables, in particular (1) handling of models with rankdeficient model matrices; (2) handling of multivariateresponse models; (3) handling of various possible problems in computation or use of numerical information matrix (LMM case).
numInfo() is more robust, in particular by checking whether some parameter estimates are at boundary of their possible range (see Details of the function documentation).
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'check' argument of drop1.HLfit() renamed as 'check_marg'.
FIXED BUGS
A change in Matrix v1.53 has exposed a bug in the code for sparseprecision methods, which would result in incorrect or even failed (stop) fits. spaMM results with previous versions of Matrix were correct.
A 'new feature' in Matrix v1.52 ("Products of diagonalMatrix with [RT]sparseMatrix now preserve storage...") also broke a procedure for IMRF models.
Requesting prediction variances with the (awkward, but formally correct) argument 'variances=list(linPred=FALSE, cov=TRUE)' generated nonsense.
predict(., <large newdata (> 2000 rows)>, binding= < some name >, ...) retained only the first 2000 element of any attribute for variances or intervals.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 4.1.0
NEW FEATURES
drop1.HLfit method implemented, to return tables of comparisons of a model with singleterm deletions from it, with specific procedures for LMs, GLMs and LMMs. The LMM case is handled by interfacing the Satterthwaite method in
lmerTest
.New function numInfo() to compute the information matrix for (ideally) all parameters for mean response model, using numerical derivatives. Experimental.
New antisym(<.><.>) random effect to fit antisymmetric dyadic interactions, as in BradleyTerry models.
PseudoR2 computation has been implemented, see help("pseudoR2"). Please don't (ab)use it.
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'fixed' argument now available, to fix model parameters, in all fitting functions; older 'ranFix' and 'ranPars' arguments of some functions are still available.
FIXED BUGS
Deviance computation for the 'negbin1' family was broken, though the effect could be unnoticeable in fits of mixedeffect models (where this was only used to provide some initial values, and not even for all 'negbin1' fits).
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 4.0.0
NEW FEATURES
Laplace approximation using observed, rather than expected, information matrix (see help("method")) is no longer "experimental". It is now available for all response families, including in multivariateresponse fits, and is now the default method, changing the results of fits using response family with noncanonical link (hence the new "major" version number).
anova.HLfit() can now return traditional ANOVA tables, with specific procedures for LMs, GLMs and LMMs. The LMM case is handled by interfacing the Satterthwaite method in
lmerTest::anova
. The whole functionality is experimental and unstable as later versions might considered alternative default procedures.Access to procedures implemented in the lmerTest package (contrast tests with effective degrees of freedom, and anova tables) is also possible through new function as_LMLT() allowing conversion of a spaMM fit object to input suitable for these procedures.
Prediction for levels of a 'corrMatrix' random effect that were not present in the fitted data is now possible (if these levels are present in the input corrMatrix). Previously this was not possible because only the subset of the corrMatrix for levels present in the fitted data was kept in the fitted model object.
Additional extractors have been implemented ('df.residual' method) or extended ('weights', 'residuals').
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'negbin2' is the new preferred names of the negativebinomial GLM family (to better distinguish it from the nonGLM 'negbin1' family). 'negbin' and 'Tnegbin' are now aliases for negbin2.
logLik(., which="logL_Lap") is deprecated.
revised get_ranPars(), including new which="fitted" option.
BUG FIXES
A bug was introduced in version 3.12.0 affecting the fits of nested random effects using the (.  . %in% .) syntax. The examples in help("GxE") no longer returned correct results.
Fit results may be modified for some nonGLM response family models by sparsecorrelation methods (although so far the fixed bug affected only the progress of the fit but not its final result, except in a case where the information matrix is not positive definite at the attained maximum, so that the fit result is suspect anyway).
the get_ranPars() extractor did not handle well randomcoefficient parameters
Fitting beta family models could fail when some response value was exactly 1/2.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.13.0
NEW FEATURES
NonGLM response families can now be fitted, the first two implemented being the 'negbin1' and 'beta_resp'. This is experimental and are limitations (notably, this is not yet possible in multivariateresponse fits).
plot_effects() now handles the case where the focal variable is a factor.
AIC.HLfit() now handles several fittedmodel objects as described for the stats::AIC generic (the AIC.HLfit formals have been modified for that purpose but no backwardincompatibility should result).
New 'which' value "fixef_left_ginv" handled by get_matrix() extractor.
DOCUMENTATION
Added example using ggplot2 in help("plot_effects").
The documentation previously failed to mention summary.HLfit() as a useful *extractor*.
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For truncated GLM families (Tpoisson, Tnegbin), the definition of deviance residuals has been changed [for details see help("Tpoisson")]. This changes the deviances reported by a glm() fit using these families; and it may theoretically affect mixedeffect model fits, as the deviance may affect initial values of some estimates, although no effect on fit results has been observed.
Prediction intervals (as opposed to the response intervals) will be on the linear predictor or response scale depending on
type
. Previously they were always on response scale.get_ranPars(., which=NULL) (the default) did not return all lambda estimates (as get_ranPars(., which="lambda") does), but only "outerestimated ones" (as get_ranPars(., which="outer_lambda") does). This poorly documented feature has been modified.
FIXED BUGS
Degrees of freedom (as used by LRT(), notably) could be incorrectly counted for models mixing "outerestimated" randomcoefficient models and other, "innerestimated", randomeffect parameters.
The elements of the "table" attribute of the result of confint.HLfit() could be misnomed.
predict.HLfit(., re.form = <not NULL>) failed when some fixedeffect coefficients estimates were NA, or were set by etaFix argument.
Nondefault specification of the type(s) of confidence interval in a confint.HLfit() call was ignored (not passed to boot::boot.ci()).
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.12.0
NEW FEATURES
Experimental extension of geostatistical random effects to include "composite" Matern terms, meaning in particular Matern(<LHS><RHS>) terms where the LHS is a numeric variable or factor.
Even more experimental implementation of generic handling of <corrFamily>(.<RHS>) for nested RHS (see last example in help("corrFamilydesign")).
Partial implementation of Laplace approximation using observed, rather than expected, information matrix (see help("method"), vastly rewritten on that occasion).
hatvalues() extractor can now return results for multivariateresponse fits.
More robust convergence of algorithm for GLMs fitted by fitme().
FIXED BUGS
Predictions with 'newdata' for "adjacency" models were mostly incorrect.
Nested geostatistical random effects [such as Matern( 1  . %in% . )] were likely to fail except in "balanced" nested designs.
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Minor adjustment to pdep_effects(), so that it now returns a single row of output when given a singlerow 'newdata' or 'newdata' with a single value of the focal (numeric) variable.
Better control of extreme randomeffect variances ('lambda') may lead to numerical changes in some fits, mainly those with low variances.
Improved convergence warnings.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.11.14
FIXED COMPATIBILITY ISSUE
Use of ...names() had created an overlooked dependency on R >= 4.1.
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Much faster fits by COMPoisson() (>10 times generally, and even >25 times faster in some fits with default "loglambda" link).
FIXED BUGS
get_inits_from_fit() did not properly work on all residual dispersion models.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.11.3
NEW FEATURES
The features of the experimental 'corrFamily' random effect have been extended for easier definition of new randomeffect correlation models, and this has been used to add predefined randomeffect models, as next listed.
One can fit autoregressive AR(p) and ARMA(p,q) models of any order, using formula terms of the form ARp(<.><.>) or ARMA(<.><.>).
One can fit IMRF models, including (in contrast to IMRF random effect terms) estimation of the 'alpha' parameter (analogous to the Matern smoothness) of Lindren et al's (2011) approximation of the Matern model by a Gaussian Markov random field, by using the formula term MaternIMRFa(<.><.>).
One can fit some models for diallel experiments and other symmetric dyadic interactions, using formula terms of the form diallel(<.><.>) or ranGCA(<.><.>).
The fitting functions and fixedLRT() get a new argument 'weights.form' to specify prior weights in a safe way in all programming contexts.
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Backwardcompatible change in the 'verbose' argument of HLfit() and HLCor(): 'verbose=c(inner=<.>)' should now be preferred to 'verbose=c(trace=<.>)', to avoid confusion with the more useful 'verbose=c(TRACE=<.>)' of other fitting functions.
LRT.HLfit() (a.k.a. anova.HLfit()) will return full results in more cases where it is unable to check that models are nested (with proper messages).
The computation of a large matrix is now avoided in the summary of sparsepreision fits.
DEPENDENCIES
New dependency to geometry package [which removes a "soft" dependency to the notonCRAN 'INLA' package (function inla.spde.make.A) when fitting IMRFs].
FIXED BUG
'prior.weights' in multivariateresponse models could not be specified in the way recommended in help("goodpractice").
Invalid code for default yaxis label for plot_effects() with binomial model where the LHS of the formula is a single variable rather than a cbind(.,.) expression.
The replacement function for stats::gaussian( < nonidentity link > )$initialize() introduced in the previous version did not handle the case where fixedeffect coefficients were fully fixed.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.10.0
NEW FEATURES
New experimental 'corrFamily' random effect to fit correlated random effects belonging to a userdefined correlation model.
New convenience functions extreme_eig() and regularize() to handle nearlysingular matrices (prompted by 'corrFamily' development).
The generalpurpose dopar() and dofuture() functions can now execute code depending on other packages than spaMM whatever the parallel backends these functions call.
spaMM fitting functions, as well as spaMM_glm.fit(), rested on stats::gaussian()$initialize() to find good starting values for gaussianresponse models with log or inverse link, which means that they would sometimes fail, forcing users to provide initial values. This is no longer necessary (see exponential regression example in help("spaMM_glm")).
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Faster fitme/fitmv fits of randomcoefficient models constrained to diagonal covariance matrix by a fixed=list(ranCoefs=<....>) argument: useful notably for (<factor><RHS>) or (<0+factor><RHS>) terms with several levels of the factor.
Cryptic changes (to some loop termination condition and to a matrix operation) to improve the fitting time of various slow fits (with a fourfold reduction in one extreme case).
Revised procedures for regularization of nearlysingular matrices, affecting mat_sqrt() results for them. This may in principle impact some fits.
BUG FIXES
confint() could fail in some programming contexts.
Fitting some LMMs without fixed effects (not really L'M'Ms then...) could fail.
summary() could fail for GLMs without estimated fixedeffect coefficient.
The LevenbergMarquardtlike algorithm could seem stuck in rares cases with large random effects (thousands of levels).
The shape of the negbin() family was ignored when the shape argument was a call to some function (and likewise for COMPoisson's nu).
DOCUMENTATION
Example of analysing interactions by random effects, in new documentation topic help("GxE").
Use of the (experimental) dummy() factor specifier from the lme4 package is now documented.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.9.25
NEW FEATURES
New argument filled.mapMM(., return.) to control the return value of this function.
New argument 'focal_values' for functions pdef_effects() and plot_effects(), to control values at which predictions are computed.
These News for version 3.9.0 said "Much more memoryefficient (and faster) fits for 'nestedgeostatistical' random effects..." but one more improvement was needed to bring down memory requirements over all steps of a fit.
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The fixedeffect coefficients returned by get_inits_from_fit(from, template) no longer include values for coefficients that were NA in fixef(template).
BUG FIXES
Bootstrap procedures in e.g. LRT() could fail when the fixedeffect coefficients of the "full" model fit, as returned by fixef(), included NA's (as expected when some model coefficients cannot be estimated from the data). This has been fixed by the abovementioned change in the return value of get_inits_from_fit().
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.9.13
NEW FEATURES
Faster fits by sparseprecision methods when (1) several random effects are present (2) randomcoefficient terms are present. (Very) small speed gains in many other fits.
BUG FIXES (ALMOST)
Fixed an inconsequential clang compiler warning (... indeed, no real bug fix in this version).
DEPENDENCIES
New 'Suggests': 'memoise', memoisation being optionally used on a few spaMM functions.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.9.0
NEW FEATURES
New type of random effect handled: "composite" random effects such as corrMatrix(<variable>ID) or corrMatrix(mv(1,2)ID), combining features of a randomcoefficient model and of a corrMatrix (see help("compositeranef")). Such random effects are considered in quantitative genetic analyses of multivariate response, for example.
residuals.HLfit() can now also return standardized deviance residuals used in fitting methods and in diagnostic plots.
Much more memoryefficient (and faster) fits for 'nestedgeostatistical' random effects (e.g., Matern(1long+lat %in% year) ).
The 'control.HLfit' argument of fitting functions now handles an 'algebra' parameter for easier control of matrixalgebraic methods. See help("algebra") for possible usage.
Procedures which rest on the stats::gaussian(<"log""inverse">) family object to fit models with such response family to data with zero(es) in the response may fail to find valid starting values, which is not totally defensible. spaMM now circumvents this obstruction. Whether asking for fits of such data by such families is a good idea is another matter; the principle adopted here is to allow the fit and let its results contribute to answer this question.
pdep_effects() now handles 'length.out=0L' with the effect that predictions are made for actual values of the predictor variables, then allowing for adding informative plots of fitresiduals on the partialdependence plots.
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For randomcoefficient terms fitted by sparseprecision methods, there was a discrepancy between some elements stored in the fitted object. Neither the fits nor predictions were affected, but trying to use together the results of extractors get_ZALMatrix() and ranef.HLfit() would have been confusing. This discrepancy has been removed.
plot.HLfit() should now return a diagnostic plot for standardized deviance residuals in all cases.
More consistent default value of the residual variance of the residual variance model (sic): it is now set to a fixed value in mixedeffect residualvariance models specified by resid.model=<formula>, as was already effectively so for other specifications of the residualdispersion model.
FIXED BUGS
predict(., <with newdata>) results were incorrect for models with multivariate randomcoefficient terms (i.e., using the mv() syntax) fitted by sparseprecision methods.
Prediction variance was incorrect for models with randomcoefficient terms.
Prediction variance computation could fail when all randomeffect variances were fixed.
residVar(., which="var") had incorrect results for gaussianresponse models. This did not affect responsevariance computations nor get_residVar(), which did not call this extractor. residVar() could also fail on objects with an offsetonly formula for phi.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.8.23
NEW FEATURES
Improved condition for selection of sparseprecision methods for models with 'corrMatrix' terms, with quite substantial gains in speed for affected fits.
Numerical approximations for COMPoissonfamily models have been substantially revised, with disappointing gains in speed. Additional gains are possible if the 'memoise' package has been installed on your R system.
The 'control.HLfit' argument of fitting functions now handles a 'sparse_precision' parameter (previously controllable only globally through spaMM.options()). See help("sparse_precision") for possible usage.
The criterion for switching to LevenbergMarquardtlike algorithm has been slightly modified and hopefully improved.
New 'Gryphon' data set.
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Longdeprecated argument 'uniqueGeo' of HLCor() is now formally removed.
FIXED BUGS
Prediction variance computations could fail for models with randomcoefficient terms and not fitted by sparseprecision methods, due to a bug introduced in v3.7.48 (i.e., CRAN versions 3.8.0 and 3.8.9)
Better control of arguments to avoid bugs [eval() looking for the IMRF 'model' in the global environment] when fitting is called in a programming context.
Bug (stop) when calling predict.HLfit() with both 'intervals' calculation and binding of point predictions to data.
DOCUMENTATION
Substantially revised documentation for "sparse_precision".
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.8.9
NEW FEATURES
Modified selection between ”outer” optimization versus ”inner” iterations to acheive faster default fitme() fits of some nonspatial GLMMs.
The default cluster type is now "PSOCK" in all cases.
New interface dofuture() for parallelisation. See help("wrap_parallel") for differences from dopar().
The 'control.HLfit' argument of fitting functions now handles a 'sparse_precision' parameter (previously controllable only globally through spaMM.options()). See help("sparse_precision") for possible usage.
Improved condition for selection of sparseprecision methods for models with 'corrMatrix' terms.
FIXED BUGS
Typo in a recently introduced check of geographical coordinates led to a warning when abs(longitude) values >90 occurred.
Tests using the 'adjlg' data set no longer worked. It was the code generating the data set, rather than any spaMM procedure, that required fixing.
Using fork clusters provided statistically correct results but could not be controlled as documented (the random number generator and progress bar could not be properly controlled, and incorrect warnings could be displayed).
DEPENDENCIES
New 'Suggests': 'future' and 'future.apply'.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.8.0
NEW FEATURES
Parallel computations can now use forking via parallel::mclapply.
The conditional AIC can now be evaluated by a bootstrap procedure.
Checks that coordinates are consistent with longitude and latitude for Earth and EarthChord distances.
Previous version had become slower for some spatial GLMMs without residual dispersion parameter. This is fixed.
FIXED BUGS
Fits with "adjacency" random effects failed when data were missing for some locations.
predict(., binding= < char string >, blockSize = < any value > ) no longer worked when predicting more than 'blockSize' values.
For Gammaresponse model, get_residVar() (and same computation through call to predict()) returned the dispersion parameter phi rather than the residual variances.
Use of the dot in a formula, to refer "to the remaining variables contained in data" (cf ?terms.formula), is now handled, with a warning about its limitations. It could previously lead to errors (stop), e.g. if all such variables were then removed ( ~ .  ...  ...) to leave only the Intercept.
DOCUMENTATION
Substantially revised documentation for prediction variances, with new ?predVar page, and for AIC computations.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.7.34
NEW FEATURES
Noncanonical links implemented for the COMPoisson family.
More precise computation of prediction variance for some cases with vanishing residual variance (and possibly a few other cases).
New 'which' value in residVar(.,which="fam_parm") to extract the family dispersion parameter of COMPoisson and [T]negbin families.
A "table" attribute in the format of the stats::confint() result is added to the confint.HLfit() result for profile confidence intervals.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Possibly large speed gains for a small class of REML fits on large data sets/random effects with many levels, due to these being now more likely to be fitted by “outer” optimization.
Fits of models with a resid.model of the form ~ 0 + offset(.) should also be faster. This affects the 'mean_fit' performed by IsoriX::isofit(), for example.
how.HLfit()'s message about fitting method is less cryptic. Its return value is unchanged.
Warning added about potential backcompatibility issue in some multinomial fits due to changes in default optimization strategy.
FIXED BUGS
Issue with missing data in multivariateresponse fits, that could show up when summary()zing the fit.
Prediction variance calculations with a re.form of the form '[no LHS] ~ <single randomeffect>' ignored that randomeffect (this did not occur with a dummy LHS nor with several random effects).
VarCorr() would report NA instead of the variance for randomslope terms without correlation parameter [cf terms of the form ( 0 + X  <grouping factor> )].
summary.HLfit() could fail in some programming contexts.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.7.0
NEW FEATURES
Expressions such as I(y>0) or even y>0 are now accepted in the lefthand side of a model formula (up to now update_resp() and bootstrap functions failed on them, and I(.) was explicitly disallowed).
USERLEVEL CHANGES
510% speed gains in many fits (at least nonspatial ones), and even more, notably (1) for LevenbergMarquardlike algorithm (hence for fits affected by convergence issues, which tend to be the longest ones), and (2) for fits by sparseprecision methods for (2a) Gamma(log) GLMMs (>fifthfold in a large problem!) or (2b) other GLMMs when fitted by PQL rather than ML.
In addition, the criterion for using “inner” iterative methods rather than “outer” optimization ones for fitting dispersion parameters has been modified, resulting in substantially faster fits in some nonspatial models.
New diagnostic message pointing a potential issue when fitting models with groupspecific geostatistical effects without matching Intercept terms.
FIXED BUGS
Backcompatibility fixes for summaries and AIC computations on old fit objects (tested against v2.5.0 objects).
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.6.0
NEW FEATURES
(major) New function fitmv() to fit multivariateresponse models, extending most of the features of fitme().
LRT() (aka anova.HLfit()) can now perform a bootstrap test for models differing (also) by their random effects.
fitme(), and the new fitmv(), accept partiallyfixed random coefficients parameters, as in 'fixed=list(ranCoefs=list("1"=c(NA,0.5,NA)))'
get_inits_from_fit() now gets also the estimates of the shape parameters of the negbin and COMPoisson families.
New function map_ranef() to plot a map of a spatial random effect (using only graphic functions from base R, but other functions can use the returned grid of values).
Improved control of names of userprovided fixed lambda values (new error message may result).
poly() in randomcoefficient terms is now handled.
New extractor residVar() for residual variances, with features different from get_residVar().
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Most GLMM fits using sparseprecision algorithm should be substantially faster (near 50% for long fits).
Better control of progress bars as the global 'barstyle' option is no longer used in some cases where a local argument should be used.
The 'uniqueGeo' argument of HLCor() has long been obsolete and is now deprecated.
VarCorr.HLfit() gets a new argument 'add_residVars' to make information about residual variance optional (also fixing potential bugs).
residuals() did not always return a vector.
FIXED BUGS
confint() on PQL[/L] fits had several issues, in particular easily producing spurious messages suggesting that the fit was inaccurate.
One could not use a Matern(RHS.) (for nonunit RHS) together with a distMatrix for this Matern term.
Improve a backward incompatibility issue in the (internal) postfit function determining which fitting function was used to produce a fit.
The recently introduced extractor get_RLRsim_args() did not correctly handle marginal LR tests (as opposed to REML ones).
the global 'barstyle' option was always directly used, so that the 'showpbar' argument did not control the progress bar in dopar().
plot.HLfit() reported incorrect standardized deviance residuals for binomial, nonbinary response.
Several postfit functions such as predict() could report incorrect results for 'IMRF' (and perhaps 'adjacency') models since version 3.4.1.
The (hardly ever tested) 'sqrt' family link was not fully implemented for families that allows it.
summary() printed an incorrect number of groups for randomcoefficients terms (long known and not bothered about until now).
Documentation for the 'distMatrix' argument of HLCor() and 'higher' fitting functions was incomplete.
simulate(., re.form=NULL) was broken.
randomcoefficient parameters fitted by "outer optimization" where not counted in the degrees of freedom for AIC.
Fitting some LMMs with fixed 'lambda' could return incorrect results.
Typo in printed summary for rand.family=Gamma (wrong 'scale' value).
ALL THE ABOVE for the 'multi' family
It was given a new scrutiny, leading to a display bug fix, a revised fitted() output, improved summary() information, a new how.HLfitlist() extractor, and revised documentation. But fitmv() might ultimately be more useful to fit multinomial data.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.5.0
NEW FEATURES
'Nested' Matern() or Cauchy() random effects are now fitted, using a syntax of the form Matern(1x+y %in% grouping_factor).
'barstyle' option controls more progress bars than previously.
New extractor get_RLRsim_args() extends previousy existing get_RLRTSim_args().
get_ranPars() handles new 'which' values for extraction of variance parameters.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
More judicious and limited production of warnings in some prediction variance computations.
FIXED BUGS
An 'invalid type/length (S4/0) in vector allocation' bug occurring for recent spaMM versions on 3.6ish versions of R.
Glitch in VarCorr() for conditional autoregressive fits (a line is now filled with NA's rather than with inappropriate values).
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.4.0
NEW FEATURES

IMRF()
terms now also handle objects created by INLA::inla.spde2.matern() with noninteger alpha values, and therefore a broader range of smoothness values (PS: doc corrected wrt this only in version 3.6.0). objects created by INLA::inla.spde2.pcmatern() are also handled.
'sparse_precision' fitting method can be notably faster than before for large data sets. By default, this will affect fits of models with adjacency or IMRF terms.
Fitting family=Gamma(log) mixed models will be faster than before, twofold or possibly more for large data sets.
confint.HLfit() now returns a list of confidence intervals when
parm
defines a vector of parameters. In the bootstrap case, the same bootstrap simulations can thus be used for several parameters.get_predCov_var_fix() can now handle 'multIMRF' random effects correctly (for the happy few who would combine these two relatively cryptic functionalities).

formula_env
specification to control a formula environment: see help("formula_env").
USERLEVEL CHANGES
The structure of the confint.HLfit() result is modified as this function no longer hacks the boot::boot.ci() results for printing purposes.
FIXED BUGS
The 'distMatrix' argument was no longer effective.
Prediction variance computations could fail for 'IMRF' random effects with 'newdata'.
confint() could fail when the object had been fitted by a "nonvanilla" call of the fitting function (e.g., 'spaMM::fitme' instead of 'fitme').
confint() by sparseprecision method could return incorrect results.
is_separated.formula() was not returning results properly for binomial nonbinary response.
A case where LevenbergM for PQL could underfit was found.
confint(.,parm=<fixedeffect coefficient>) failed (stop) on sparseprecision fits with a single fixedeffect coefficient (typically "(Intercept)").
DEPENDENCIES
spaMM is now formally declared to enhance 'INLA'.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.3.0
NEW FEATURES
confint.HLfit() can now compute bootstrap confidence intervals by acting as a wrapper for boot::boot.ci(), and is then not limited to fixedeffect coefficients.
New hatvalues() extractor.
Faster and more memoryefficient step in LevenbergMarquardtlike algorithm for "big" random effects fitted by sparsecorrelation algorithms.
Faster and more memoryefficient step in prediction code for "big" random effects.
New option 'barstyle' to control globally the style of progress bars. New argument 'showpbar' for function dopar() and spaMM_boot().
Informative warning when some variables are not found in parallel context. New argument 'pretest_fn' for function dopar().
Better criteria for selection of sparseprecision algorithm, though far from perfect.
VarCorr() extractor should now handle all spaMM fit results.
Added 'seed' argument to spaMM_boot() and fixedLRT().
DEPENDENCIES
'ROI.plugin.glpk' moved from Imports to Suggests, removing a "hard" dependency to the external library glpk.
'boot' in Imports.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Added formal argument 'intervals' for get_intervals(). This does not affect any functionality, but explicitly shows that different intervals can be computed by changing this argument.
All mixedeffect fitting functions now have a formal argument 'method' equivalent to 'HLmethod'. 'HLmethod' can still be used in a backwardcompatible way.
FIXED BUGS
simulate(<Gammaresponse fit>) could return incorrectly formatted results when nsim>1.
get_intervals(, which="respVar") (and equivalent syntaxes) returned an incorrect result when the family link was not 'identity'.
Failure of fitting by sparseprecision method a model specified by a 'corrMatrix' argument with more levels than present in the data.
ranef() extractor failed on sparseprecision fits with correlated random effects.
prediction variance could be wrong for models with randomcoefficient terms and fitted by sparseprecision methods.
get_cPredVar() and and confint() no longer stop on fixedeffects models.
plot.HLfit() could stop in some cases.
eval_replicate() could stop in some cases.
Nondefault optimizer optim() failed for models with randomcoefficient terms. Selecting optim() is not recommended anyway.
Reemergent glitches in how() when the object had been fitted by a "nonvanilla" call of the fitting function.
DOCUMENTATION
Substantial sections of the documentation have been rewritten, including new documentation items 'method' and 'randomeffects', for easier navigation, updating information, and removing obscurities tracing back to early versions of spaMM.
New documentation 'externallibraries'.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.2.0
NEW FEATURES
Modified criterion for default selection of sparse precision methods.
is_separated.formula() to test separation with the same arguments as for a fitting function call.
Newly exported and documented function dopar() for parallel execution of a function on columns of a matrix. Not logically restricted to mixedeffect applications, hence it can be used more widely.
Finer control of verbosity in simulate.HLfit() and predict.HLfit().
New 'format' argument for how.HLfit().
NEW DEPENDENCIES
'ROI' and 'ROI.plugin.glpk' replace 'lpSolveAPI'.
FIXED BUGS
Several errors in simulate() called on COMPoissonreponse models.
Anecdotal glitches in how() when the object was fitted by a "nonvanilla" call of the fitting function.
nondefault 'REMLformula', as illustrated in example("update.HLfit"), could not be fitted by sparseprecision algorithms.
Sparseprecision fits of CAR models could crash for some format of the adjacency matrix.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.1.27
FIXED BUGS
simulate(<Gammaresponse fit>) simulated according to an incorrect residual variance.
NEW FEATURES
Faster code for some autoregressive models (mostly for autoregressive LMMs fitted by fitme(), as in tests described at the end of the ”gentle Introduction” which are ca. 50% faster).
Faster and more memoryefficient code computation of prediction variance for large designs. 'variances$as_tcrossfac_list' control for more memoryefficient (albeit less humanreadable) reporting of large prediction covariance matrices.
The obsolete functions designL.from.Corr() and sym_eigen() have been removed.
NEW DEPENDENCIES
'RSpectra' suggested for a step in fitting autoregressive models.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.1.2
NEW FEATURES: Numerical robustness
Better numerical precision of some computations for binomial models (including a more accurate alternative to binomial(.)$variance(mu)) may avoid numerical imprecisions (or worse) for extreme 'mu'.
More rigorous variant of the LevenbergMarquardtlike algorithm will give better (albeit slower) fits in difficult cases such as binary models with strong spatial correlations, and Gamma GLMMs with response values approaching 1.
Default optimizer is not always nloptr(); nloptr() or bobyqa() are now selected depending on input (though nloptr() remains the most common choice).
Stricter checking of arguments for adjacency models (the adjacency matrix and any fixed 'rho' parameter).
Prediction variances more accurate when correlation matrices of random effecs are nearly singular, for randomcoefficient and Matern/Cauchy types of random effects.
Algorithms for fitting COMPoissonresponse models made more numerically stable for extreme values of the linear predictor and for low COMP_nu parameter.
NEW FEATURES: Bootstrap computations
New function eval_replicate() is the new default 'simuland' argument of the likelihoodratio testing functions, which themselves better handle imperfections of the bootstrap results.
Multiple changes to spaMM_boot(), to make it consistently usable in programming, to control parallel::makeCluster(), etc.
The '...' argument of LRT() is now passed to spaMM_boot().
OTHER NEW FEATURES
New extractor get_inits_from_fit().
By default, spaMM.options() now checks whether in arguments are preexisting options or not. This helps to avoid errors due to typos. The argument 'warn' controls this check.
New argument 'verbose' for how().
plot_effects() now produces more suitable output than before for binomial models.
simulate.HLfit() can perform simulation from linear predictors randomized in various ways (see Details section of its documentation).
New argument in get_predVar(., which) provides an alternative extraction method for various components of prediction variance.
spaMM.options(separation_max=.) can now be used to control also the checks of separation using the lpSolveAPI package.
NEW FEATURE BY NEW DOCUMENTATION
'help("postfit")' explains how to use multiplecomparison procedures implemented in multcomp::glht on spaMM's fit objects.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
fitme() will select iterative methods, rather than "outer" optimization, in some cases where it did not but where it is faster.
Computations using the LevenbergMarquardtlike algorithm tend to be longer than before (there may be exceptions due to other changes).
Changes in formal arguments of LRT() (a.k.a. anova.HLfit()) and fixedLRT(). These should be backward compatible, as important removed arguments are now handled through the '...'.
SpatialPolygonsDataFrame objects 'worldcountries' and 'oceanmask' removed from the package. See help("seaMask") for availability.
NEW DEPENDENCIES
'crayon'; one may not yet see any effect unless verbose=c(TRACE=TRUE) is used.
'minqa' and 'gmp' moved from Suggests to Imports.
Updated dependency to lpSolveAPI >= 5.5.2.0.17.6 as it seems faster than previous versions on "big problems".
FIXED BUGS
Interval computation by predict() was not correct for zerotruncated response families.
Fitting a truncated negbin model could fail due to numerical precision issues.
HLfit() stopped on nongaussian response models with several random effects including at least one randomcoefficient one (although fitme() allowed to fit such models). Gaussianresponse HLfit()'s with the same randomeffect structure were imprecise, with typically thirddecimal imperfections on the logLik.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 3.0.0
NEW FEATURES
Substantially faster fits of randomcoefficient models.
Faster procedure for some simple LMMs.
New VarCorr() extractor.
FIXED BUGS
confint() failed (stop) on models fitted by fast procedures suitable for a class of LMMs.
The names appearing in certain outputs of lambda values were incorrect.
Fits could fail (stop) in the uncommon case where some fixedeffect coefficients were fixed by the user and nonstandard REML, as defined by a nondefault REML formula, was requested.
Prediction variance failed (stop) given more than two random effects.
SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES TO DOCUMENTATION
'help(fixed)' completed ('corrPars' information missing), corrected and clarified.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 2.7.0
NEW FEATURES
Trendy stuff: geostatistical analyses based on a Markov Random Field on a lattice are now implemented through the new randomeffect syntax 'IMRF' (Interpolated Markov Random Field).
Improved implementation of sparseprecision algorithms lead to increases in speed that can exceed 50 % for fits that use such methods.
New syntax introduced to fit some heteroscedastic nonGaussian random effects (see help("spaMM")).
Better choice of default optimization strategy by fitme() may lead to much faster fits of Gammaresponse models.
Restriction of [filled.]mapMM() to plots with a single spatial random effect removed, as long as the spatial effects remain together in 2D space.
Restriction against predict.HLfit(.,newdata=...), on models with corrMatrix or adjacency terms, lifted when the 'newdata' do not involve levels absent from the correlation structure for such terms.
New functions pdep_effects() and plot_effects() to quantify and plot the effects of a variable.
Better control of damping factor of LevenbergMarquardt algorithm.
Better assessment of convergence of LevenbergMarquardt algorithm for PQL fits.
New features of LRT() and spaMM_boot() to facilitate debugging of bootstrap simulations.
New package option 'Gamma_min_y' to control numerical problems with low response values in Gammaresponse models.
update_resp() now handles additional arguments as update() does.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
get_boot_response() is deprecated (and removed), and the 'boot_fn' argument of fixedLRT() is deprecated, and its formerly possible value, the function .eval_boot_replicates(), is deprecated (and removed).
FIXED BUGS
Predictions function could fail (stop) for some combinations of fixed vs. estimated dispersion parameters.
Prediction variance computation could fail (stop) when 'etaFix' argument was used (cryptic case indeed).
LRT() could fail (stop) when prior weights were used.
anova.HLfit() now properly detect nonnestedness of fixed effects.
Information about random number generator was missing from bootstrap output, contrary to the documentation.
Incorrect dfs for AIC computation in the case of inneroptimized rho parameter of a CAR model.
SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES TO DOCUMENTATION
Revised 'help(spaMM_boot)', in particular with respect to the 'simuland' argument.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 2.6.1
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Informative message when plot.HLfit does not produce a 'mean' plot.
FIXED BUGS
Fix problem in corMatern example (only on CRAN tests for debian+gcc, which started with a system upgrade to glibc 2.28, and which may reveal weaknesses of nlme and/or nlminb rather than spaMM).
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 2.6.0
NEW FEATURES
New syntax for autocorrelated randomcoefficient effects, allowing e.g. the formula terms Matern(male.) + Matern(female.) to fit distinct Matern effects for males and females. See help(spaMM) for details.
New function update_resp() to refit on a updated response vector.
New simulate() argument 're.form' for finer control of conditioning.
New predict() argument 'type' to allow returning the linear predictor.
New summary() argument 'verbose' may be convenient when using summary() as an extractor.
New function response() to extract the response from the fit.
The doublevertical syntax for random effects, ( rhs  lhs ), is now handled. See help(spaMM) for details.
HLfit can now fit randomcoefficient models by sparseprecision methods.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Faster implementation of some computations in the sparseprecision code.
The warnings that occurred when 'e1071' availability was tested, but the package was not available, has been suppressed.
Modified approach to controlling numerical precision of prediction covariance matrices, should impact these matrices when they are nearly singular.
as_precision() return type documented, and type of the matrix within is itself modified.
FIXED BUGS
Bug, reintroduced in the previous version, in predict()'ing from models with poly() terms.
Bug in simulate(.,type="marginal", newdata=<nonNULL>)
confint() had weaknesses, more likely to impact intervals for simple LMMs since the introduction of new fitting algorithms in version 2.5.0.
Bug in predict()'ing with an unusual combination of random effects and newdata (documented in test/testthat/testmorepredict.R).
Marginal AIC computation did not exclude fixed correlation parameters from number of degrees of freedom.
Sparseprecision code could fail when all fixedeffect coefficients were set by the user using the 'etaFix' argument.
Failure to catch some incorrect or inefficient calls, notably of HLfit to fit randomcoefficient models by sparseprecision methods (which is now a correct call!).
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 2.5.11
NEW FEATURES
Function get_matrix() to extract various matrices from the fit.
Function remove_from_parlist() for manipulating a structured list of parameters.
spaMM_boot() now rbind's into a data frame the results of the 'simuland' calls when each call returns a 1row data frame (the previous behaviour was undocumented and effectively inconsistent across different parallel backends).
More explicit error message when variables for prior weights are not in the 'data'.
logLik(., which="logL_Lap") to compute Laplace approximation using observed Hessian (currently only for family=Gamma(log), for demonstration purposes).
Low response variance could result in poor fits. A warning is now issued and several steps have been taken for more robust results.
New family() extractor.
FIXED BUGS
predict() did not generally handle correctly offset terms.
A hack perfomed by spaMM on the value of 'options(error=<.>)' could conflict in some cases with the user setting 'options(error=<expression>)'.
Prediction variance computation with a 'fix_X_ZAC.object' failed when the model included a nonautocorrelated random effet.
Priorweights information was not shown in model summaries in some cases where it should.
Documentation bug in help("fixed") (with respect to 'etaFix' vs. 'fixed' elements).
predict() with 'newdata' did not work from a fit with nonnull 'etaFix$beta'.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 2.5.0
NEW FEATURES
A fasterfitting procedure is implemented (through fitme()) for fitting a class of LMMs (without heteroscedasticity, without fixed randomeffect variances...).
The restriction, to models with a single random effect, of the computation of the component of prediction variance for uncertainty in dispersion parameters, has been removed.
simulate.HLfit() has new arguments for controlling prior weights and simulation from fits with structured dispersion.
EarthChord distance: see help("EarthChord").
Models with 'geostatistical' randomeffect terms (Matern, Cauchy) can now be fitted by sparseprecision methods (although this is not necessarily very efficient).
Possible improvements in numerical accuracy, notably by sparseprecision methods when (1) fitting models with AR1 terms, that are numerically unstable for extreme AR1 correlation values; (2) in REML fits with low residual variance.
Improvement in numerical accuracy of computation of prediction variance when residual variance is low or spatial correlation matrices are nearlysingular.
New function MSFDR() implements the multiplestage false discovery rate method of Benjamini and Gavrilov 2009.
Improved .LRT() function (called through fixedLRT()) which makes it more suitable for programming, and which better handles genericoptimization issues.
fixedLRT(), LRT() and anova() now call by default spaMM_boot() for the bootstrap. They handle new arguments to control the spaMM_boot() call, allowing finer control of poorly or noninformative bootstrap samples.
is_separated() convenience function to check for (quasi)separation in binomialresponse models (this was previously implemented but not exported nor documented).
Possibly improved initial value for lambda may affect speed and results of some fits.
New extractors formula(), terms(), nobs(), and extract.AIC(), being methods for 'HLfit' objects of generics defined by 'stats'.
The syntax '.' can now be used in formulas, e.g. HLfit(y ~ (.)^2, ...)
Automatic conversion of correlation matrices to precision factor matrices when sparseprecision algorithm is requested; new as_precision() function for such conversion.
More transparent control of the residual variance parameter of a residual dispersion model. However, this affects the default results if the residual dispersion model is a mixedeffect one. Use 'fixed=list(phi=NA)' in the 'resid.model' (forcing estimation of its phi) to recover past results.
More efficient computation of conditional AIC. Users can also control whether it should be computed along with other information criteria.
New extractor how() to cleanly extract information about how a model fit was obtained.
An hidden memorydependent constraint on the size of data that could be fit by fixedeffect models by ML has been alleviated.
Numerous improvements for residual dispersion models with random effects makes fitting of the joint residual and meanresponse models more likely to converge in reasonable time when both models contain spatial terms.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
The Predictor() function is deprecated. See help("Predictor") for details.
The designL.from.Corr() function is superseded by mat_sqrt().
The structure of the return value of sym_eigen() is modified.
'resid.formula' argument of fitting functions is formally deprecated (it has been declared obsolete since v1.8.0).
spaMM now enforces variables for prior weights to be in the 'data'.
PREVIOUSLY DOCUMENTED, BUT NEVERTHELESS MISLEADING FEATURES
The computation of prediction variance (specifically its component for uncertainty in dispersion parameters) could be incorrect when several random effects were considered. Fixed as noted in 'New Features'.
FIXED BUGS
The 'randomslope' (Intercept+slope) code was OK, but the more general 'randomcoefficients' code (>2 covarying random effects) was not.
Bug in initialization of adjacency correlation parameter, which prevented at least some bootstrap computations.
Fixed a (previously documented) issue in spaMM's update() method, stemming from the distinct interpretation of formulas without explicit fixedeffect terms by spaMM vs. stats. Formula updates should still be carefully checked, as getting them fluent is not on the priority list.
Fits failed when spaMM.options(sparse_precision=TRUE) but a corrMatrix was not specified as a precision matrix.
Prediction failed from models involving poly(., raw=FALSE) terms.
Prediction should use contrast information contained in the fitted object rather than in the session's options().
confint() for fixedeffect models has various problems.
An horrendous bug was found in the implementation of Gamma family for inverse link. Fortunately, no reasonable people would use Gamma(inverse)...
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 2.4.34
NEW FEATURES
Stricter control of numerical accuracy of COMPoissonfamily fits, which does not affect highnu fits (which were already accurate), but which improve accuracy particularly around nu=1.
Use of the 'lpSolveAPI' package is reintroduced to check (quasi)separation.
New extractor get_ranPars() (with limited functionality so far).
Parallel computation of some bootstrap computations by foreach+doSNOW has been reinstated.
plot.HLfit has a new argument 'ask', and no longer has a side effect on subsequent plots.
FIXED BUGS
Bug in COMPoissonfamily fits, which impacted most clearly the results when some response values were zero.
Crashing bug could occurs in zerotruncated models (for various cases of the Laplace approximation).
Fixed some bootstrap code which could fail (because the original try() statement had disappeared through misediting :( ).
simulate(., type = "(ranefresponse)") failed, or returned incorrectly formatted results.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 2.4.8
NEW FEATURES
Nontrivial re.form argument now works for models including a 'corrMatrix' term.
Precision matrices with more levels than there are in the data are now handled.
FIXED BUGS
COMPoissonfamily fits could crash in some cases (bug introduced in version 2.4.0 in code for initial values).
Calls not requesting any form of leastsquares fit, such as fitme(y ~ 0, data = <.>), failed.
Prediction interval computation failed for zerotruncated distributions.
Prediction variance computation could fail for large newdata ('slicing' algorithm).
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 2.4.0
NEW FEATURES
Cauchy spatial correlation family has been implemented.
For binomial family the response can now be specified as a factor.
Better default selection of methods for autoregressive fits with many randomeffect levels may lead to much faster fits.
fitme() now selects estimation methods for phi and lambda by default according to nrow(data), which may change details of the results. To overcome the new defaults, fitme() now allows better control of estimation method and of initial values for phi and lambda.
get_predCov_var_fix() may now handle a nontrivial 're.form'.
New 'max.print' argument for summary.HLfit().
New function spaMM_boot() for parametric bootstrap.
New 'resp_testfn' argument for simulate.HLfit(), to simulate samples that satisfy a given condition.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Revised summary of randomeffect parameters.
revised format of ranef() screen output for randomcoefficient terms, using new method 'print.ranef'.
Imports package 'pbapply' to draw progress bars, including in parallel computations; no longer Suggests the package 'foreach' (and optionally 'doSNOW') for the same effect.
FIXED BUGS
An error was produced when model formulas included a nested random effect (../.) followed by a correlated random effect such as Matern(.).
Incorrect prediction variance with nontrivial 're.form' with randomcoefficient term(s) or permutations of the random effects.
Errors when attempting to fit models with correlated random effects and 'negbin' response family.
A wrong algorithm could sometimes be selected for 'inner' estimation of the correlation parameter of CAR models.
Wrong documentation for ranef().
anova() failed when a fit had nonestimable coefficients because of collinearity.
SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES TO DOCUMENTATION
Revised 'help(ranFix)' to clarify the usage of argument for fixing parameters in the different fitting functions.
OTHER CHANGES
Revised default initial values of lambda may slightly change results.
Revised default 'fittingFunction' for fixedLRT() may slightly change results, or may call for a userprovided explicit value of 'fittingFunction'.
Corrected the poorly written documentation for COMPoisson.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 2.3.0
NEW FEATURES
Zerotruncated variants of Poisson and negativebinomial families are now implemented.
Models with firstorder autoregressive (AR1) randomeffects terms are now fitted.
fitme() now fits models with randomcoefficient terms, using by default a different strategy than the other fitting functions.
Prediction variance computations extended to most models handled by spaMM, including randomslope models.
The 'ranFix' argument of HLfit(), and similar 'ranPars' or 'fixed' arguments of other functions, allow a finer control of variance parameters of random effect than before.
predict.HLfit() should be substantially faster in most practical cases, particularly when the 'newdata' have many rows.
Better approximations are implemented for the infinite sums required for fitting COMPoisson models, in particular for low 'nu'.
New extractor get_rankinfo().
Some gains in speed, particularly for fit by sparseprecision algorithms, which also benefit from better memory management for large model matrices.
Prediction variance computation now take into account uncertainty in the random effect variance for adjacency random effects.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Control of optimizers has been revised, with distinct 'optimizer1D' and 'optimizer' in the spaMM.options(); lower case is now used for 'optimizer' keyword in all userlevel code; and minqa::bobyqa() can now be called. See ?spaMM.options for further information.
Argument 'ZALMatrix' of predictor() is deprecated.
Argument 'as_matrix' of get_ZALMatrix() is deprecated.
predict.HLfit() gets a new argument 'blockSize'.
predict.HLfit( . , binding=NA) newly defined to return a vector instead of a onecolumn matrix. Attributes will differ too.
Removed dependency on package 'ff'.
FIXED BUGS
Since version 2.0.0, the ranef() extractor did not return "correlated" effects except for randomcoefficient models.
Prediction variance computation failed for models involving an adjacency random effect and other random effects.
SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES TO DOCUMENTATION
Revision of 'help(autoregressive)' following introduction of AR1 models.
Revision of 'help(fitme)' to account for its new features.
New 'help(fixed)' gathering information on how to fix parameter values.
Simplification and updating of documentation pages for fitting functions.
New or updated documentation for 'negbin', 'Tnegbin', 'Poisson', 'Tpoisson' following implementation of the truncated variants.
OTHER CHANGES
Reimplementation of corMatern (forced by effectively backwardincompatible changes in Rcpp) might very slightly change results.
Added '...' argument to LRT(). The function does not yet make anything of it.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 2.2.0
NEW FEATURES
Widespread improvement in speed for large data sets, thanks to some of the following changes:
Sparse precision matrix algorithm extended to all HGLMs whose linear predictor involves only a restricted set of random effect terms (excluding mainly Matern and randomcoefficient terms). It is used by default for conditional autoregressive models, or when the new argument 'covStruct' is used to provide a sparse precision matrix: see help(covStruct). See also help(pedigree) for a type of applications where the latter syntax may be of particular interest, and help(sparse_precision) for more information.
Significantly faster algorithm for fitting models with large dense correlation matrices (as in Matern correlation models).
new extractor function get_boot_replicate() to get the response vector for a given bootstrap replicate
‘spaMM_glm()’ and ‘spaMM_glm.fit()’ get the same ‘singular.ok=TRUE’ argument that ‘glm()’ and ‘glm.fit()’ got in Rdevel r73380 (20170928).
More reliable version of LevenbergMarquardt algorithm for mixed models (see 'help("LevenbergM")'). Revised rules for using it, so that users typically do not need to think about it.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
fixedLRT() results might be modified in particular when the likelihood has local maxima.
Changes in the way the generic optimizers are used may lead to changes in the fitme() and corrHLfit() results.
Usage of 'control.corrHLfit' argument has been modified.
Fitted values always get their names from the row names of the data.
CORRECTED BUGS
Fixed numerical issues for binomial(cloglog) family with large values of linear predictor.
Randomcoefficient models could not be properly fitted by LevenbergMarquardt algorithm.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 2.1.6
NEW FEATURES
simulate.HLfit() can now simulate samples from a fitted GLMM under the distribution of random effects conditional on the data and given the fixedeffect estimates (using a Gaussian approximation in the GLMM case).
CORRECTED BUGS
predict.HLfit() could no longer return covariance matrices as a result of a bug introduced in version 2.1.0.
'respVar' computation by predict.HLfit() did not take into account nonidentity links, although the documentation suggested it did.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 2.1.0
NEW FEATURES
fitme() can now use a fast sparse matrix algorithm for CAR (adjacency) (G)LMMs. See revised help(adjacency) for further information.
confint.HLfit() now computes confidence intervals for GLMs.
spaMM now handles cases where nloptr::nloptr() can be trapped in an infinite loop.
residuals.HLfit() has been redefined to bring it closer to stats::residuals.glm(). Up to now it only returned response residuals, now it returns (unscaled) deviance residuals.
'method' argument of spaMM_glm() redefined to allow more experiments (default behaviour is unchanged).
simulate.HLfit() now also simulates GLMs.
predict(<formula ith randomcoefficient term>, <newdata>) is now handled.
binomial(cauchit) is now handled.
simulate() member function added to COMPoisson().
simulate() member function modified in negbin() and in spaMM's version of Gamma() to return matrices when nsim>1, as described in help(family).
simulate.HLfit() now simulates COMPoisson and negbin (mixed) models.
CORRECTED BUGS
HLCor() no longer fitted adjacency models in Version 2.0.0.
spaMM.options(<new values>) did not return old values.
For GLMs, confint.HLfit() (computed no interval but) did return an empty interval.
COMPoisson$linkfun sometimes returned theta=0, causing failure of fit.
Several problems corrected in degrees of freedom computation for information criteria retruned by get_any_IC().
Several problems corrected in prediction variance calculation with nonnull 're.form'.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 2.0.0
NEW FEATURES
Core functions have been extensively rewritten to manage expensive matrix computations more efficiently. As a result, version 2.0.0 is 23 times faster when correlation matrices of random effects are dense (as typically the case for Matern correlation matrices), and can be much faster when correlation matrices are sparse.
Simple interface for using orthodromic distances: see help(Earth).
bootstrap computations can now use parallelisation; see new argument 'nb_cores' for fixedLRT() and related functions.
The term for uncertainty in dispersion parameters is now included in computation of prediction variance (1) by default from objects returned by fitme() (special default 'control' argument no longer needed); and (2) for models with multiple random effects.
New extractors get_predCov_var_fix() and preprocess_fix_corr() for more efficient computation of specific blocks of prediction covariance matrix.
get_ZALMatrix() gets a new argument 'as_matrix' to control the return value.
confint() now works for HLCor fits.
nloptr() call replaces optim() call in randomslope code, with notable improvements in some toy examples. Randomslope models with >1 predictor variables, such as (x+yz), are now fitted.
New function stripHLfit() to remove some large objects from a fit object before saving it to file.
Time to fit a model is now recorded in the fit object (as element 'fit_time').
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Structure of bootstrap output in return value of fixedLRT() modified.
Structure of ranef() result modified.
Several efforts to reduce the size of fitted objects.
Likelihoodratio chisquare statistic renamed 'chi2_LR' (was 'LR2') in return value of anova() and some bootstrap outputs.
Raster.Rd removed to reduced package dependencies. A link to a web page is instead provided.
spaMM now provides a slightly less informative diagnostic for (quasi)separation in binary response models, but no longer 'imports' package lpSolveAPI, instead 'suggesting' e1071.
Tracing stuff, such as 'trace' argument of some functions, has been removed.
Possible values of 'control.corrHLfit$Optimizer' are (as before) 'LBFGSB' and (new) 'NLOPT_LN_BOBYQA'. nlminb can no longer be selected.
get_ZALMatrix() is now a standard function rather than part of the object resulting from a fit.
fitme() now fits CAR model parameters using its own optimization procedure rather than through HLfit's procedures.
Message added to warn users about the interpretation of formulas without fixed effects.
More meaningful display of results for randomcoefficients models; new argument 'details' for summary.HLfit().
ML fit summaries no longer display a 'p_bv' value, to prevent confusion about what this value means.
BUGS
Version 1.10.0 failed on R < 3.2.0 because cBind() and rBind() calls from earlier spaMM versions have been replaced by cbind() and rbind() calls (see help(cBind)). The Depends field is now corrected to R (>= 3.2.0).
A few stopping bugs in predict() have been corrected.
LRT() did not work on HLCor fit objects. This is corrected.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 1.10.0
NEW FEATURES
spaMM now fits models with random effects in the residual dispersion model, and thus implements a class of “double hierarchical GLMs”.
fitme() now fits models with offset in the dispersion model.
Modified convergence criteria for the iterative algorithm in HLfit().
Examples run generally faster by about 30%.
New extractor function get_intervals() and get_ZALMatrix().
Intervals returned by predict.HLfit() (and hence by get_intervals()) use Student's t distribution when the fitted model is a simple linear model.
Prediction variance can now be computed from fits of models with a corrMatern term.
An HLfit object's $APHLs$p_bv for a *fixedeffect* model now returns the restricted likelihood (for estimation of residual dispersion parameters), which it has never done so far (out of disregard for this case). This allows REML fits of fixedeffect models using fitme() (but has no bearing on similar fits using HLfit()).
More informative summary() when nondefault spatial distance function, or nondefault prior weights, are used.
New 'refit' control in fitme().
New extractor function get_RLRTSim_args() for use with the RLRsim package to perform smallsample LRT of the presence of a random effect.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Summary() outlook revised, in particular to more accurately display the meaning of phi for Gamma response.
The objects returned by the fitting functions should be of much smaller size than before.
Better reporting of terms that have to be ignored in the computation of prediction variance.
New 'inverse.Gamma', 'spaMMconventions' and 'memberextractor' documentation pages. HLfit() documentation revised.
BUGS
Some numerical issues that could affect GLM fitting with HLfit() have been fixed.
More accurate detection of unidentifiable random effect components, when residual variance formulas involve a pure offset term.
confint() on a LMM fitted by fitme() was returning incorrect results. This is corrected.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 1.9.16
NEW FEATURES
Computation of prediction variance has been reimplemented so that it requires storing smaller matrices than before. Further, some terms required for this computation are computed only when prediction variance is requested, rather than being always returned by HLfit(). This allows some gains in computation time for large data sets.
simulate.HLfit() gets new arguments and prints some information, in anticipation of future developments.
spaMM.colors() gets new argument 'adjustcolor_args' for finer control.
Filled plot functions gets new argument 'plot.title'.
BUGS
spaMM_glm(), which has been designed to 'rescue' stats::glm() when the latter fails, did not rescue it for some Gamma(log) GLMs. This is corrected.
Computation of AIC (and other information criteria) failed in many cases. This is corrected.
confint() did not correctly handle models with several random effects. This is corrected.
fitme() does not fit randomslope models, nor models with offset in the dispersion model, but this was not documented. This is corrected.
C++ code has been fixed for compatibility with recent standards.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 1.9.0
NEW FEATURES
New fitme() function, intended to become the main fitting function in spaMM, can be substantially faster than HLfit() or corrHLfit(), particularly for large data sets, but can occasionally be slower.
Some other moderate but noticeable improvements in speed.
Users no longer need to explicitly request AIC computation when calling the fit of a model. The new extractor function get_any_IC() (or its more conventionnally named alias, AIC()) can be used to compute them from a fitted model object.
Negative binomial response models can be fitted by 'family=negbin()'.
The syntax 'family=COMPoisson()', with unknown 'nu' parameter, works. This means that COMPoisson() models can now be fitted with unknown values of this parameter, by corrHLfit() or by the new fitme() function. The same is true for the parameter of the 'negbin' family.
Initial or fixed values of the variance of random effects can be controlled independently when there are several random effects.
spaMM_glm() gains a new argument 'strict' for finer control. spaMM_glm.fit() has increased default 'control$maxit'.
filled.mapMM() now returns a predictor of the response surface. It also gains a new argument 'smoothObject' that takes such a predictor, allowing for faster redrawing.
fixedLRT() gets a new argument 'fittingFunction' to select between corrHLfit() and fitme().
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Revised usage of 'corrMatrix' argument of HLCor().
BUGS
'spaMM', as well as 'RcppEigen', had become broken for Windows 32bit. See https://github.com/RcppCore/RcppEigen/issues/34 for details. A suitable compilation flag is now used to overcome this issue.
simulate.HLfit() could fail when a design matrix was stored as a _M_atrix. This is corrected.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 1.8.0
NEW FEATURES
predict.HLfit() can return prediction intervals.
New spaMM_glm() and spaMM_glm.fit() functions provide a robust alternative (using the LevenbergMarquardt algorithm) to glm.fit() when the latter diverges. They also circumvent the initialvalue issues of glm().
Slight general increase in speed.
The ConwayMaxwellPoisson family is implemented.
New extractor functions get_fixefVar(), get_predVar(), get_residVar() and get_respVar().
Subsetting the result of a predict() call also subsets its variance attributes, thanks to a new internal 'Extract' method '[.predictions'.
spaMM is protected from disturbing numerical problems of the Gamma()$dev.resids() function, thanks to an internal redefinition of the Gamma family.
New 'control.glm' argument of HLfit(), to control calls to spaMM_glm() within HLfit().
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Onceagain revamped 'variances' argument and documentation of predict.HLfit(). The 'variances' argument of filled.mapMM() is replaced by 'variance'.
New argument 'resid.model' replaces 'resid.formula' and 'resid.family' specifications in the main fitting function.
The default behaviour of mapMM() for argument 'map.asp=NULL' has been modified.
The obscure control parameters 'RHOMAX' and 'NUMAX' previously accessible through spaMM.options() are no longer needed and have been removed.
Better control of some plot margins.
Fitting randomslope models may be substantially less slow (but still slow).
BUGS
Printing bug for nonstandard REML formula in summary.HLfit() corrected.
Conditions where predict() return an object of class 'predictions' corrected to avoid a printing bug.
The 'xrange' and 'yrange' arguments of spaMMplot2D() were not effective. This is corrected.
Printing bug in summary.fixedLRT() corrected.
spaMM.options(maxLambda=. . .) did not fully control extreme lambda estimates. The revised code is more effective, and also better bypasses some numerical problems that can occur for such values.
Fitting phi using the corrHLfit() outer optimization mechanism was inefficiently implemented and could return some confusing output. This is corrected.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 1.7.2
NEW FEATURES
Less inefficient code for fixedeffect models, faster and handling larger data sets.
Changed default value of 'upper' argument of optim call() within corrHLfit(), and better reporting of issues with this call.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Argument 'which' replaces arguments 'REML' in logLik().
New control 'break_conv_logL' in argument control.HLfit of function HLfit(). Mainly for development purposes.
Improved reporting of convergence issues in HLfit().
More comfortable print method for vcov() value.
BUGS
This new version includes several improvements of predict(), the most notable being a correction of prediction variances for new values of predictor variables, which were incorrect in CRAN version 1.6.2 (but not in CRAN version 1.5.1). Many other more trivial bugs or features of predict() have been corrected.
summary.fixedLRT() failed to display correctly the bootstrap results. This is corrected.
A bug in C++ code, introduced in version 1.7.1, has been corrected in version 1.7.2; and code applying some Eigen functions on a matrix with a dimension equal to zero (generating an UBSAN runtime error but a correct retrun value in other conditions) has been fixed.
CHANGES UP TO VERSION 1.6.2
NEW FEATURES
Prediction variance can now account for uncertainty is dispersion parameters (though not for all models; see Details of 'disp' in the 'predict' documentation).
Now allows prediction for a large number of spatial positions by storing some large correlation matrices on disk rather than in memory (using the ff package, and as controlled by the spaMM option 'ff_threshold'). (NB: this was removed in a later version)
Convenience extractor functions 'dev_resids' and 'deviance' have been added.
New data objects 'worldcountries' and 'oceanmask' added for better plots of spatial predictions (see the new documentation '?raster' for plot of spatial predictions using rasters and geographical projections). (PS: removed since, see version 3.1.2)
More efficient implementation of a conditional autoregressive (CAR) model.
're.form' argument of 'predict' function has been extended to handle values of class 'formula'.
etaFix$beta usage has been extensively revised to provide a convenient interface for fixing (some of) the fixed effects (beta coefficients) values.
If anyone on Earth ever tried inverse.Gamma("1/mu") random effects, she might have been confronted with negative estimates of u_h. This problem is inherent to the algorithms described in the HGLM literature, but spaMM now brings a solution, which allows one to fit more securely models with v ~ Gamma( lambda/(lambda+1), lambda+1). A new link identity is also allowed for Gamma random effects [i.e., v=u ~ Gamma(1/lambda,lambda) ], albeit with the restriction that lambda is < 1.
New 'symSVD' argument for designL.from.Corr function.
New keyword 'predict' for 'which' argument of 'plot.HLfit', for easier plotting of prediction diagnostic plot.
'make.scaled.dist' has been renamed 'make_scaled_dist', and gets a new 'return_matrix' argument for programming purposes.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Substantial gains in speed for moderately large data sets (hundreds of lines), in particular by minimizing the use of the QR module from Eigen.
Users no longer have to think about precomputing prediction coefficients. 'predictionCoeffs' function has been removed. 'coeffs' argument of predict.HLfit() has been removed.
More compact printing of predict() results.
The output format of information criterias computed by HLfit, and related documentation, have been revised.
BUGS
confint() did not correctly handle PQL fits. This is corrected. In addition, it better handles some nonconvergence issues.
Gamma response models with nonunit 'prior.weights' produced an inaccurate correction from EQL to 'HL(1,1)'. This is corrected.
anova() and LRT() declared some nested models as nonnested, and sometimes stopped. This is corrected.
HLfit could stop on some fits involving moderately large sparse design matrices (Z) for random effects. This is corrected.
A printing bug for ranef(), which prevented the display of its result when lambda was fixed, has been corrected
CHANGES IN VERSION 1.5.1
USERLEVEL CHANGES
New example_maxtime package option for controlling execution of examples.
TESTS
Tests are now controlled by a local environment variable _LOCAL_TESTS_ so that they are not run on CRAN.
CHANGES IN VERSION 1.5.0
NEW FEATURES
Faster code for (some) sparse models with a single random effect on large data sets. It is also possible (by using
spaMM.options(QRmethod=Matrix::qr)
) to use sparse matrix algorithms in other models, but this will be slow in many applications. Various other changes were made to speed up computation in dense models (by about 10% in the tests).The nonEuclidean distance functions implemented in the
proxy
package (e.g. Geodesic) can now be used (although only Geodesic was tested, and the Matern correlation function with arbitrary rho and nu is not mathematically feasible for all distance functions). Seecontrol.dist
argument ofHLCor
andcorrHLfit
.
USERLEVEL CHANGES
Reorganized graphic functions, with new
spaMMplot2D
function and newenvir
argument formapMM.HLfit
.
predict.HLfit
modified for better consistency with other widely used predict methods: addednewdata
argument and modified default behaviour ofbinding
argument. New
getDistMat
extractor for extracting the distance matrix used in the Matérn modelThis NEWS.Rd file is created
BUG FIXES
Correction of a bug that caused incorrect prediction on new data for 1D (only) spatial model.