bas.glm {BAS}R Documentation

Bayesian Adaptive Sampling Without Replacement for Variable Selection in Generalized Linear Models


Sample with or without replacement from a posterior distribution on GLMs


  family = binomial(link = "logit"),
  contrasts = NULL,
  na.action = "na.omit",
  n.models = NULL,
  betaprior = CCH(alpha = 0.5, beta = as.numeric(nrow(data)), s = 0),
  modelprior = beta.binomial(1, 1),
  initprobs = "Uniform",
  include.always = ~1,
  method = "MCMC",
  update = NULL,
  bestmodel = NULL, = 0.5,
  MCMC.iterations = NULL,
  thin = 1,
  control = glm.control(),
  laplace = FALSE,
  renormalize = FALSE,
  force.heredity = FALSE,
  bigmem = FALSE



generalized linear model formula for the full model with all predictors, Y ~ X. All code assumes that an intercept will be included in each model.


a description of the error distribution and link function for exponential family; currently only 'binomial()' with the logistic link and 'poisson()' with the log link are available.


data frame


optional vector of weights to be used in the fitting process. May be missing in which case weights are 1.


subset of data used in fitting


an optional list. See the contrasts.arg of 'model.matrix.default()'.


a priori known component to be included in the linear predictor; by default 0.


a function which indicates what should happen when the data contain NAs. The default is "na.omit".


number of unique models to keep. If NULL, BAS will attempt to enumerate unless p > 35 or method="MCMC". For any of methods using MCMC algorithms that sample with replacement, sampling will stop when the number of iterations exceeds the min of 'n.models' or 'MCMC.iterations' and on exit 'n.models' is updated to reflect the unique number of models that have been sampled.


Prior on coefficients for model coefficients (except intercept). Options include g.prior, CCH, robust, intrinsic,, EB.local, AIC, and BIC.


Family of prior distribution on the models. Choices include uniform, Bernoulli, beta.binomial, truncated Beta-Binomial, tr.beta.binomial, and truncated power family tr.power.prior.


vector of length p with the initial inclusion probabilities used for sampling without replacement (the intercept will be included with probability one and does not need to be added here) or a character string giving the method used to construct the sampling probabilities if "Uniform" each predictor variable is equally likely to be sampled (equivalent to random sampling without replacement). If "eplogp", use the eplogprob function to approximate the Bayes factor using p-values to find initial marginal inclusion probabilities and sample without replacement using these inclusion probabilities, which may be updated using estimates of the marginal inclusion probabilities. "eplogp" assumes that MLEs from the full model exist; for problems where that is not the case or 'p' is large, initial sampling probabilities may be obtained using eplogprob.marg which fits a model to each predictor separately. To run a Markov Chain to provide initial estimates of marginal inclusion probabilities, use method="MCMC+BAS" below. While the initprobs are not used in sampling for method="MCMC", this determines the order of the variables in the lookup table and affects memory allocation in large problems where enumeration is not feasible. For variables that should always be included set the corresponding initprobs to 1, to override the 'modelprior' or use 'include.always' to force these variables to always be included in the model.


A formula with terms that should always be included in the model with probability one. By default this is '~ 1' meaning that the intercept is always included. This will also override any of the values in 'initprobs' above by setting them to 1.


A character variable indicating which sampling method to use: method="BAS" uses Bayesian Adaptive Sampling (without replacement) using the sampling probabilities given in initprobs and updates using the marginal inclusion probabilities to direct the search/sample; method="MCMC" combines a random walk Metropolis Hastings (as in MC3 of Raftery et al 1997) with a random swap of a variable included with a variable that is currently excluded (see Clyde, Ghosh, and Littman (2010) for details); method="MCMC+BAS" runs an initial MCMC as above to calculate marginal inclusion probabilities and then samples without replacement as in BAS; method = "deterministic" runs an deterministic sampling using the initial probabilities (no updating); this is recommended for fast enumeration or if a model of independence is a good approximation to the joint posterior distribution of the model indicators. For BAS, the sampling probabilities can be updated as more models are sampled. (see 'update' below). We recommend "MCMC+BAS" or "MCMC" for high dimensional problems.


number of iterations between potential updates of the sampling probabilities in the "BAS" method. If NULL do not update, otherwise the algorithm will update using the marginal inclusion probabilities as they change while sampling takes place. For large model spaces, updating is recommended. If the model space will be enumerated, leave at the default.


optional binary vector representing a model to initialize the sampling. If NULL sampling starts with the null model

For any of the MCMC methods, probability of using the random-walk proposal; otherwise use a random "flip" move to propose a new model.


Number of models to sample when using any of the MCMC options; should be greater than 'n.models'. By default 10*n.models.


oFr "MCMC", thin the MCMC chain every "thin" iterations; default is no thinning. For large p, thinning can be used to significantly reduce memory requirements as models and associated summaries are saved only every thin iterations. For thin = p, the model and associated output are recorded every p iterations,similar to the Gibbs sampler in SSVS.


a list of parameters that control convergence in the fitting process. See the documentation for glm.control()


logical variable for whether to use a Laplace approximate for integration with respect to g to obtain the marginal likelihood. If FALSE the Cephes library is used which may be inaccurate for large n or large values of the Wald Chisquared statistic.


logical variable for whether posterior probabilities should be based on renormalizing marginal likelihoods times prior probabilities or use Monte Carlo frequencies. Applies only to MCMC sampling.


Logical variable to force all levels of a factor to be included together and to include higher order interactions only if lower order terms are included. Currently only supported with ‘method=’MCMC'' and ‘method=’BAS'' (experimental) on non-Solaris platforms. Default is FALSE.


Logical variable to indicate that there is access to large amounts of memory (physical or virtual) for enumeration with large model spaces, e.g. > 2^25.


BAS provides several search algorithms to find high probability models for use in Bayesian Model Averaging or Bayesian model selection. For p less than 20-25, BAS can enumerate all models depending on memory availability, for larger p, BAS samples without replacement using random or deterministic sampling. The Bayesian Adaptive Sampling algorithm of Clyde, Ghosh, Littman (2010) samples models without replacement using the initial sampling probabilities, and will optionally update the sampling probabilities every "update" models using the estimated marginal inclusion probabilities. BAS uses different methods to obtain the initprobs, which may impact the results in high-dimensional problems. The deterministic sampler provides a list of the top models in order of an approximation of independence using the provided initprobs. This may be effective after running the other algorithms to identify high probability models and works well if the correlations of variables are small to modest. The priors on coefficients are mixtures of g-priors that provide approximations to the power prior.


bas.glm returns an object of class basglm

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


the posterior probabilities of the models selected


the prior probabilities of the models selected


values of the log of the marginal likelihood for the models


total number of independent variables in the full model, including the intercept


the number of independent variables in each of the models, includes the intercept


a list of lists with one list per model with variables that are included in the model


the posterior probability that each variable is non-zero


list of lists with one list per model giving the GLM estimate of each (nonzero) coefficient for each model.

list of lists with one list per model giving the GLM standard error of each coefficient for each model


the GLM deviance for each model


the prior distribution on models that created the BMA object


the Q statistic for each model used in the marginal likelihood approximation




matrix of predictors


family object from the original call


family object for prior on coefficients, including hyperparameters


family object for prior on the models


indices of variables that are forced into the model


Merlise Clyde (, Quanli Wang and Yingbo Li


Li, Y. and Clyde, M. (2018) Mixtures of g-priors in Generalized Linear Models. Journal of the American Statistical Association. 113:1828-1845
Clyde, M. Ghosh, J. and Littman, M. (2010) Bayesian Adaptive Sampling for Variable Selection and Model Averaging. Journal of Computational Graphics and Statistics. 20:80-101
Raftery, A.E, Madigan, D. and Hoeting, J.A. (1997) Bayesian Model Averaging for Linear Regression Models. Journal of the American Statistical Association.



# enumeration  with default method="BAS"
pima.cch = bas.glm(type ~ .,, n.models= 2^7,
              betaprior=CCH(a=1, b=532/2, s=0), family=binomial(),


# Note MCMC.iterations are set to 2500 for illustration purposes due to time
# limitations for running examples on CRAN servers.
# Please check convergence diagnostics and run longer in practice

pima.robust = bas.glm(type ~ .,, n.models= 2^7,
              method="MCMC", MCMC.iterations=2500,
              betaprior=robust(), family=binomial(),

pima.BIC = bas.glm(type ~ .,, n.models= 2^7,
              method="BAS+MCMC", MCMC.iterations=2500,
              betaprior=bic.prior(), family=binomial(),
# Poisson example
if(requireNamespace("glmbb", quietly=TRUE)) {
  data(crabs, package='glmbb')
  #short run for illustration
  crabs.bas = bas.glm(satell ~ color*spine*width + weight, data=crabs,
                      betaprior=EB.local(), modelprior=uniform(),
                      method='MCMC', n.models=2^10, MCMC.iterations=2500,

[Package BAS version 1.6.4 Index]