DoseFinding-package {DoseFinding}R Documentation

Design and Analysis of dose-finding studies


The DoseFinding package provides functions for the design and analysis of dose-finding experiments (for example pharmaceutical Phase II clinical trials). It provides functions for: multiple contrast tests (MCTtest), fitting non-linear dose-response models (fitMod), a combination of testing and dose-response modelling (MCPMod), and calculating optimal designs (optDesign), both for normal and general response variable.


Package: DoseFinding
Type: Package
Version: 1.0-1
Date: 2021-06-24
License: GPL-3

The main functions are:
MCTtest: Implements a multiple contrast tests
powMCT: Power calculations for multiple contrast tests
fitMod: Fits non-linear dose-response models
optDesign: Calculates optimal designs for dose-response models
MCPMod: Performs MCPMod methodology
sampSize: General function for sample size calculation


Bjoern Bornkamp, Jose Pinheiro, Frank Bretz

Maintainer: Bjoern Bornkamp <>


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## perform (model based) multiple contrast test
## define candidate dose-response shapes
models <- Mods(linear = NULL, emax = 0.2, quadratic = -0.17,
               doses = c(0, 1, 2, 3, 4))
## plot models
## perform multiple contrast test
test <- MCTtest(dose, resp, IBScovars, models=models,
                addCovars = ~ gender)

## fit non-linear emax dose-response model
fitemax <- fitMod(dose, resp, data=IBScovars, model="emax",
                  bnds = c(0.01,5))
## display fitted dose-effect curve
plot(fitemax, CI=TRUE, plotData="meansCI")

## Calculate optimal designs for target dose (TD) estimation
doses <- c(0, 10, 25, 50, 100, 150)
fmodels <- Mods(linear = NULL, emax = 25, exponential = 85,
                logistic = c(50, 10.8811),
                doses = doses, placEff=0, maxEff=0.4)
plot(fmodels, plotTD = TRUE, Delta = 0.2)
weights <- rep(1/4, 4)
desTD <- optDesign(fmodels, weights, Delta=0.2, designCrit="TD")

[Package DoseFinding version 1.0-1 Index]