# From the bottom of the heap the musings of a geographer

## Fitting count and zero-inflated count GLMMs with mgcv

#### 04 May 2017 /posted in: R

A couple of days ago, Mollie Brooks and coauthors posted a preprint on BioRχiv illustrating the use of the **glmmTMB** R package for fitting zero-inflated GLMMs (Brooks et al., 2017). In the paper, **glmmTMB** is compared with several other GLMM-fitting packages. **mgcv** has recently gained the ability to fit a wider range of families beyond the exponential family of distributions, including zero-inflated Poisson models. **mgcv** can also fit simple GLMMs through a spline equivalent of a Gaussian random effect. So, whilst I was waiting on some Bayesian GAMs to finish sampling, I decided to see how **mgcv** compared against **glmmTMB** on the two examples used in the paper.

Brooks, M. E., Kristensen, K., Benthem, K. J. van, Magnusson, A., Berg, C. W., Nielsen, A., et al. (2017). Modeling Zero-Inflated count data with glmmTMB. *bioRxiv*, 132753. doi:10.1101/132753.

## Prediction intervals for GLMs part II Poisson GLMs

#### 01 May 2017 /posted in: R

One of my more popular answers on StackOverflow concerns the issue of prediction intervals for a generalized linear model (GLM). Comments, even on StackOverflow, aren’t a good place for a discussion so I thought I’d post something hereon my blog that went into a bit more detail as to why, for some common types of GLMs, prediction intervals aren’t that useful and require a lot more thinking about what they mean and how they should be calculated. I’ve broken it into two and in this, the second part, I look at Possion models.

## Prediction intervals for GLMs part I Binomial GLMs

#### 01 May 2017 /posted in: R

One of my more popular answers on StackOverflow concerns the issue of prediction intervals for a generalized linear model (GLM). My answer really only addresses how to compute confidence intervals for parameters but in the comments I discuss the more substantive points raised by the OP in their question. Lately there’s been a bit of back and forth between Jarrett Byrnes and myself about what a prediction “interval” for a GLM might mean. Comments, even on StackOverflow, aren’t a good place for a discussion so I thought I’d post something here that went into a bit more detail as to why, for some common types of GLMs, prediction intervals aren’t that useful and require a lot more thinking about what they mean and how they should be calculated. For illustration, I thought I’d use some small teaching example data sets, but whilst writing the post it started to get a little on the long side. So, I’ve broken it into two and in this part I look at logistic regression.

## Simultaneous intervals for derivatives of smooths revisited

#### 21 March 2017 /posted in: R

Eighteen months ago I screwed up! I’d written a post in which I described the use of simulation from the posterior distribution of a fitted GAM to derive simultaneous confidence intervals for the derivatives of a penalized spline. It was a nice post that attracted some interest. It was also wrong. In December I corrected the first part of that mistake by illustrating one approach to compute an actual simultaneous interval, but only for the fitted smoother. At the time I thought that the approach I outlined would translate to the derivatives but I was being lazy then Christmas came and went and I was back to teaching — you know how it goes. Anyway, in this post I hope to finally rectify my past stupidity and show how the approach used to generate simultaneous intervals from the December 2016 post can be applied to the derivatives of a spline.

## Modelling extremes using generalized additive models

#### 25 January 2017 /posted in: R

Quite some years ago, whilst working on the EU Sixth Framework project *Euro-limpacs*, I organized a workshop on statistical methods for analyzing time series data. One of the sessions was on the analysis of extremes, ably given by Paul Northrop (UCL Department of Statistical Science). That intro certainly whet my appetite but I never quite found the time to dig into the arcane world of extreme value theory. Two recent events rekindled my interest in extremes; Simon Wood quietly introduced into his **mgcv** package a family function for the generalized extreme value distribution (GEV), and I was asked to review a paper on extremes in time series. Since then I’ve been investigating options for fitting models for extremes to environmental time series, especially those that allow for time-varying effects of covariates on the parameters of the GEV. One of the first things I did was sit down with **mgcv** to get a feel for the `gevlss()`

family function that Simon had added to the package by repeating an analysis of a classic example data set that had been performed using the **VGAM** package of Thomas Yee.

## Pangaea and R and open palaeo data (also GAM all the things!)

#### 16 December 2016 /posted in: R

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to experiment with rOpenSci’s **pangaear** package (Chamberlain et al., 2016), which allows you to search, and download data from, the Pangaea, a major data repository for the earth and environmental sciences. Earlier in the year, as a member of the editorial board of Scientific Data, Springer Nature’s open data journal I was handling a data descriptor submission that described a new 2,200-year foraminiferal δ^{18}O record from the Gulf of Taranto in the Ionian Sea (Taricco et al., 2016). The data descriptor was recently published and as part of the submission Carla Taricco deposited the data set in Pangaea. So, what better opportunity to test out **pangaear**? (Oh and to fit a GAM to the data while I’m at it!)

Chamberlain, S., Woo, K., MacDonald, A., Zimmerman, N., and Simpson, G. (2016). *Pangaear: Client for the ’pangaea’ database*. Available at: https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=pangaear.

Taricco, C., Alessio, S., Rubinetti, S., Vivaldo, G., and Mancuso, S. (2016). A foraminiferal ()18O record covering the last 2,200 years. *Scientific Data* 3, 160042. doi:10.1038/sdata.2016.42.

## Simultaneous intervals for smooths revisited correcting a silly mistake

#### 15 December 2016 /posted in: R

Eighteen months ago I wrote a post in which I described the use of simulation from the posterior distribution of a fitted GAM to derive simultaneous confidence intervals for the derivatives of a penalised spline. It was a nice post that attracted some interest. It was also wrong. I have no idea what I was thinking when I thought the intervals described in that post were simultaneous. Here I hope to rectify that past mistake.

I’ll tackle the issue of simultaneous intervals for the derivatives of penalised spline in a follow-up post. Here, I demonstrate one way to compute a simultaneous interval for a penalised spline in a fitted GAM. As example data, I’ll use the strontium isotope data set included in the **SemiPar** package, and which is extensively analyzed in the monograph *Semiparametric Regression* (Ruppert et al., 2003). First, load the packages we’ll need as well as the data, which is data set `fossil`

. If you don’t have **SemiPar** installed, install it using `install.packages(“SemiPar”)`

before proceeding

Ruppert, D., Wand, M. P., and Carroll, R. J. (2003). *Semiparametric regression*. Cambridge University Press.

## ISEC 2016 Talk

#### 02 July 2016 /posted in: Science

My ISEC 2016 talk, *Estimating temporal change in mean and variance of community composition via location, scale additive models*, describes some of my recent research into methods to analyse palaeoenvironmental time series from sediment cores.

## Rootograms a new way to assess count models

#### 07 June 2016 /posted in: R

Assessing the fit of a count regression model is not necessarily a straightforward enterprise; often we just look at residuals, which invariably contain patterns of some form due to the discrete nature of the observations, or we plot observed versus fitted values as a scatter plot. Recently, while perusing the latest statistics offerings on ArXiv I came across Kleiber and Zeileis (2016) who propose the *rootogram* as an improved approach to the assessment of fit of a count regression model. The paper is illustrated using R and the authors’ **countreg** package (currently on R-Forge only). Here, I thought I’d take a quick look at the rootogram with some simulated species abundance data.

Kleiber, C., and Zeileis, A. (2016). Visualizing count data regressions using rootograms.

## Harvesting more Canadian climate data

#### 24 May 2016 /posted in: R

A while back I wrote some code to download climate data from Government of Canada’s historical climate/weather data website for one of our students. In May this year (2016) the Government of Canada changed their website a little and the API code that responded to requests had changed URL and some of the GET parameters had also changed. In fixing those functions I also noted that the original code only downloaded hourly data and not all useful weather variables are recorded hourly; precipitation for example is only in the daily and monthly data formats. This post updates the earlier one, explaining what changed and how the code has been updated. As an added benefit, the functions can now handle downloading daily and monthly data files as well as the hourly files that the original could handle.