Multitrait {BGLR}R Documentation

Multi trait models


The Multitrait function fits Bayesian multitrait models with arbitrary number of random effects ussing a Gibbs sampler. The data equation is as follows:

yj = 1μj + XFj βFj+X1βj1 + ... +Xkβjk + uj1+ ... + ujq + ej,



 Multitrait(y, ETA, intercept=TRUE,resCov = list(df0=5,S0=NULL,type="UN"), 
   R2=0.5, nIter=1000,burnIn=500,thin=10, saveAt="",verbose=TRUE)



a matrix of dimension n \times t, where n is the number of individials in each trait, t is the number of traits, NAs are allowed.


(list) This is a two-level list used to specify the regression function (or linear predictor). Regression on covariates and other types of random effects are specified in this two-level list. For instance:

ETA=list(list(X=W, model="FIXED"), 

specifies that the linear predictor should include: a linear regression on W with regression coefficients treated as fixed effects (i.e., flat prior), plus regression on Z, with regression coefficients modeled as in the Ridge Regression plus and a random effect with co-variance structure G.


logical, if TRUE (default) an intercept is included.

nIter, burnIn, thin

(integer) the number of iterations, burn-in and thinning.


A list used to define the co-variance matrix for model residuals (R). Four covariance strucures are supported: i) Unstructured ("UN"), ii)Diagonal ("DIAG"), iii)Factor Analytic ("FA") and iv)Recursive ("REC"), for example:

resCov=list(type="UN", df0=4, S0=V)

specifies an UN-structured covariance matrix, with an Inverse Whishart prior with degree of freedom df0 (scalar) and scale matrix (t x t) V.


(string) this may include a path and a pre-fix that will be added to the name of the files that are saved as the program runs.


(numeric, 0<R2<1) The proportion of co-variance that one expects, a priori, to be explained by the regression. Only used if the hyper-parameters are not specified; if that is the case, internaly, hyper-paramters are set so that the prior modes are consistent with the co-variance partition specified by R2 and the prior distribution is relatively flat at the mode.


(logical) if TRUE the iteration history is printed, default TRUE.


Conditional distribution of the data

Model residuals are assumed to follow a multivariate normal distribution, with null mean and covariance matrix Cov((e'1,...,e'n)')=R0 ⊗ I where R0 is a t x t (within-subject) covariance matrix of model residuals and n-dimensional identity matrix. Therefore:

p(yi1,...,yit | θ )=MN(ηi, R0)

where MN(.,.), denotes the multivariate normal distribution with mean ηi and covariance matrix R0; here ηi is a t-dimensional vector whose entries are the expected values of the response variable for the i-th individual.

Prior distribution

The prior distribution is structured hierarchically. The first level of the prior specifies the distribution of the fixed and random effects given the codispersion parameters (the covariance matrices of the random effects, see below). The priors for the codispersion parameters are specified in a deeper level of the hierarchy.

The intercepts and vectors of fixed effects are assigned flat prior (each unknown is assigned a Gaussian prior with null mean and very large variance).

The vectors of random effects ur are assigned independent multivariate normal priors with null mean and covariance matrices Cov(ur)=Gr⊗Kr, ur represent the vector of effects for the r-th random effects (sorted by subject first and trait within subject), Gr is an t x t (within-subject) covariance matrix of the r-th random effect and Kr is a user defined (between subjects) covariance matrix for the r-th random effect, for instance, may be a pedigree or marker-based relationship matrix. The covariance matrix of random effects are assigned Inverse Wishart priors (for the case of unstructured options) or priors that are structured according to some model (diagonal, factor analytic or recursive).

The vector or regression coefficients βs are assigned Gaussian and Spike Slab priors whose covariance matrixes depend on a Ωs covariance matrix of dimmensions t x t (within subject). The covariance matrix of random effects are assigned Inverse Wishart priors (for the case of unstructured options) or priors that are structured according to some model (diagonal, factor analytic or recursive).


Internally, samples from all the model unknowns are drawn using a Gibbs sampler (i.e., based on fully conditional distributions).


List containing estimated posterior means and estimated posterior standard deviations.


Gustavo de los Campos, Paulino Perez-Rodriguez


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## Not run: 

#Example 1, Spike Slab regression


#Example 2, Ridge Regression

#Example 3, Random effects with user defined covariance structure
#for individuals derived from pedigree

#Example 4, Markers and pedigree
ETA4<-list(list(X=X,model="BRR"), list(K=K,model="RKHS"))


#Example 5, recursive structures for within subject covariance matrix
M1 <- matrix(nrow = 4, ncol = 4, FALSE)
M1[3, 2] <- M1[4, 2] <- TRUE # Adding recursion from trait 2 onto traits 3 and 4
M1[4, 3] <- TRUE # Adding recursion from trait 3 on trait 4


#Example 6, diagonal residual covariance matrix with the predictor 
#used in example 5

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