fitMod {DoseFinding} | R Documentation |

## Fit non-linear dose-response model

### Description

Fits a dose-response model. Built-in dose-response models are
"linlog", "linear", "quadratic", "emax", "exponential", "sigEmax",
"betaMod" and "logistic" (see `drmodels`

).

When ‘type = "normal"’ ordinary least squares is used and additional additive covariates can be specified in ‘addCovars’. The underlying assumption is hence normally distributed data and homoscedastic variance.

For ‘type = "general"’ a generalized least squares criterion is used

```
(f(dose,\theta)-resp)'S^{-1}(f(dose,\theta)-resp)
```

and an inverse weighting matrix is specified in ‘S’, ‘type = "general"’ is primarily of interest, when fitting a model to AN(C)OVA type estimates obtained in a first stage fit, then ‘resp’ contains the estimates and ‘S’ is the estimated covariance matrix for the estimates in ‘resp’. Statistical inference (e.g. confidence intervals) rely on asymptotic normality of the first stage estimates, which makes this method of interest only for sufficiently large sample size for the first stage fit. A modified model-selection criterion can be applied to these model fits (see also Pinheiro et al. 2014 for details).

For details on the implemented numerical optimizer see the Details section below.

### Usage

```
fitMod(dose, resp, data = NULL, model, S = NULL, type = c("normal", "general"),
addCovars = ~1, placAdj = FALSE, bnds, df = NULL,
start = NULL, na.action = na.fail, control = NULL,
addArgs = NULL)
## S3 method for class 'DRMod'
coef(object, sep = FALSE, ...)
## S3 method for class 'DRMod'
predict(object, predType = c("full-model", "ls-means", "effect-curve"),
newdata = NULL, doseSeq = NULL, se.fit = FALSE, ...)
## S3 method for class 'DRMod'
vcov(object, ...)
## S3 method for class 'DRMod'
plot(x, CI = FALSE, level = 0.95,
plotData = c("means", "meansCI", "raw", "none"),
plotGrid = TRUE, colMn = 1, colFit = 1, ...)
## S3 method for class 'DRMod'
logLik(object, ...)
## S3 method for class 'DRMod'
AIC(object, ..., k = 2)
## S3 method for class 'DRMod'
gAIC(object, ..., k = 2)
```

### Arguments

`dose` , `resp` |
Either vectors of equal length specifying dose and response values, or names of variables in the data frame specified in ‘data’. |

`data` |
Data frame containing the variables referenced in dose and resp if ‘data’ is not specified it is assumed that ‘dose’ and ‘resp’ are variables referenced from data (and no vectors) |

`model` |
The dose-response model to be used for fitting the data. Built-in models are "linlog", "linear", "quadratic", "emax", "exponential", "sigEmax", "betaMod" and "logistic" (see drmodels). |

`S` |
The inverse weighting matrix used in case, when ‘type = "general"’, see Description. For later inference statements (vcov or predict methods) it is assumed this is the estimated covariance of the estimates in the first stage fit. |

`type` |
Determines whether inference is based on an ANCOVA model under a homoscedastic normality assumption (when ‘type = "normal"’), or estimates at the doses and their covariance matrix and degrees of freedom are specified directly in ‘resp’, ‘S’ and ‘df’. See also the Description above and Pinheiro et al. (2014). |

`addCovars` |
Formula specifying additional additive linear covariates (only for ‘type = "normal"’) |

`placAdj` |
Logical, if true, it is assumed that placebo-adjusted estimates are specified in ‘resp’ (only possible for ‘type = "general"’). |

`bnds` |
Bounds for non-linear parameters. If missing the the default bounds
from When the dose-response model has only one non-linear parameter (for
example Emax or exponential model), ‘bnds’ needs to be a vector
containing upper and lower bound. For models with two non-linear
parameters ‘bnds’ needs to be a matrix containing the bounds in
the rows, see the Description section of |

`df` |
Degrees of freedom to use in case of ‘type = "general"’. If this argument is missing ‘df = Inf’ is used. For ‘type = "normal"’ this argument is ignored as the exact degrees of freedom can be deduced from the model. |

`start` |
Vector of starting values for the nonlinear parameters (ignored for linear models). When equal to NULL, a grid optimization is performed and the best value is used as starting value for the local optimizer. |

`na.action` |
A function which indicates what should happen when the data contain NAs. |

`control` |
A list with entries: "nlminbcontrol", "optimizetol" and "gridSize". The entry nlminbcontrol needs to be a list and it is passed directly to control argument in the nlminb function, that is used internally for models with 2 nonlinear parameters. The entry optimizetol is passed directly to the tol argument of the optimize function, which is used for models with 1 nonlinear parameters. The entry gridSize needs to be a list with entries dim1 and dim2 giving the size of the grid for the gridsearch in 1d or 2d models. |

`addArgs` |
List containing two entries named "scal" and "off" for the "betaMod" and "linlog" model. When addArgs is NULL the following defaults is used ‘list(scal = 1.2*max(doses), off = 0.01*max(doses))’. |

`object` , `x` |
DRMod object |

`sep` |
Logical determining whether all coefficients should be returned in one numeric or separated in a list. |

`predType` , `newdata` , `doseSeq` , `se.fit` |
predType determines whether predictions are returned for the full model (including potential covariates), the ls-means (SAS type) or the effect curve (difference to placebo). newdata gives the covariates to use in producing the predictions (for predType = "full-model"), if missing the covariates used for fitting are used. doseSeq dose-sequence on where to produce predictions (for predType = "effect-curve" and predType = "ls-means"). If missing the doses used for fitting are used. se.fit: logical determining, whether the standard error should be calculated. |

`CI` , `level` , `plotData` , `plotGrid` , `colMn` , `colFit` |
Arguments for plot method: ‘CI’ determines whether confidence intervals should be plotted. ‘level’ determines the level of the confidence intervals. ‘plotData’ determines how the data are plotted: Either as means or as means with CI, raw data or none. In case of ‘type = "normal"’ and covariates the ls-means are displayed, when ‘type = "general"’ the option "raw" is not available. ‘colMn’ and ‘colFit’ determine the colors of fitted model and the raw means. |

`k` |
Penalty to use for model-selection criterion (AIC uses 2, BIC uses log(n)). |

`...` |
Additional arguments for plotting for the ‘plot’ method. For all other cases additional arguments are ignored. |

### Details

Details on numerical optimizer for model-fitting:

For linear models fitting is done using numerical linear algebra based
on the QR decomposition.
For nonlinear models numerical optimization is performed only in the
nonlinear parameters in the model and optimizing over the linear
parameters in each iteration (similar as the Golub-Pereyra
implemented in `nls`

). For models with 1 nonlinear
parameter the `optimize`

function is used for 2 nonlinear
parameters the `nlminb`

function is used. The starting
value is generated using a grid-search (with the grid size specified
via ‘control$gridSize’), or can directly be handed over
via ‘start’.

For details on the asymptotic approximation used for ‘type = "normal"’, see Seber and Wild (2003, chapter 5). For details on the asymptotic approximation used for ‘type = "general"’, and the gAIC, see Pinheiro et al. (2014).

### Value

An object of class DRMod. Essentially a list containing information about the fitted model coefficients, the residual sum of squares (or generalized residual sum of squares),

### Author(s)

Bjoern Bornkamp

### References

Pinheiro, J. C., Bornkamp, B., Glimm, E. and Bretz, F. (2014)
Model-based dose finding under model uncertainty using general
parametric models, *Statistics in Medicine*, **33**,
1646–1661

Seber, G.A.F. and Wild, C.J. (2003). Nonlinear Regression, Wiley.

### See Also

### Examples

```
## Fit the emax model to the IBScovars data set
data(IBScovars)
fitemax <- fitMod(dose, resp, data=IBScovars, model="emax",
bnds = c(0.01, 4))
## methods for DRMod objects
summary(fitemax)
## extracting coefficients
coef(fitemax)
## (asymptotic) covariance matrix of estimates
vcov(fitemax)
## predicting
newdat <- data.frame(dose = c(0,0.5,1), gender=factor(1))
predict(fitemax, newdata=newdat, predType = "full-model", se.fit = TRUE)
## plotting
plot(fitemax, plotData = "meansCI", CI=TRUE)
## now include (additive) covariate gender
fitemax2 <- fitMod(dose, resp, data=IBScovars, model="emax",
addCovars = ~gender, bnds = c(0.01, 4))
vcov(fitemax2)
plot(fitemax2)
## fitted log-likelihood
logLik(fitemax2)
## extracting AIC (or BIC)
AIC(fitemax2)
## Illustrating the "general" approach for a binary regression
## produce first stage fit (using dose as factor)
data(migraine)
PFrate <- migraine$painfree/migraine$ntrt
doseVec <- migraine$dose
doseVecFac <- as.factor(migraine$dose)
## fit logistic regression with dose as factor
fitBin <- glm(PFrate~doseVecFac-1, family = binomial,
weights = migraine$ntrt)
drEst <- coef(fitBin)
vCov <- vcov(fitBin)
## now fit an Emax model (on logit scale)
gfit <- fitMod(doseVec, drEst, S=vCov, model = "emax", bnds = c(0,100),
type = "general")
## model fit on logit scale
plot(gfit, plotData = "meansCI", CI = TRUE)
## model on probability scale
logitPred <- predict(gfit, predType ="ls-means", doseSeq = 0:200,
se.fit=TRUE)
plot(0:200, 1/(1+exp(-logitPred$fit)), type = "l", ylim = c(0, 0.5),
ylab = "Probability of being painfree", xlab = "Dose")
LB <- logitPred$fit-qnorm(0.975)*logitPred$se.fit
UB <- logitPred$fit+qnorm(0.975)*logitPred$se.fit
lines(0:200, 1/(1+exp(-LB)))
lines(0:200, 1/(1+exp(-UB)))
## now illustrate "general" approach for placebo-adjusted data (on
## IBScovars) note that the estimates are identical to fitemax2 above)
anovaMod <- lm(resp~factor(dose)+gender, data=IBScovars)
drFit <- coef(anovaMod)[2:5] # placebo adjusted estimates at doses
vCov <- vcov(anovaMod)[2:5,2:5]
dose <- sort(unique(IBScovars$dose))[-1]
## now fit an emax model to these estimates
gfit2 <- fitMod(dose, drFit, S=vCov, model = "emax", type = "general",
placAdj = TRUE, bnds = c(0.01, 2))
## some outputs
summary(gfit2)
coef(gfit2)
vcov(gfit2)
predict(gfit2, se.fit = TRUE, doseSeq = c(1,2,3,4), predType = "effect-curve")
plot(gfit2, CI=TRUE, plotData = "meansCI")
gAIC(gfit2)
```

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