abctools-package {abctools}R Documentation

Tools for ABC analyses


Tools for approximate Bayesian computation including summary statistic selection and assessing coverage.


Matt Nunes and Dennis Prangle

Maintainer: Matthew Nunes <>


This package is described in:

Nunes, M. A. and Prangle, D. (2016) abctools: an R package for tuning approximate Bayesian computation analyses. The R Journal 7, Issue 2, 189–205.

For details on methods for summary statistics selection, see:

Blum, M. G. B, Nunes, M. A., Prangle, D. and Sisson, S. A. (2013) A comparative review of dimension reduction methods in approximate Bayesian computation. Stat. Sci. 28, Issue 2, 189–208.

Fearnhead, P. and Prangle, D. (2012) Constructing summary statistics for approximate Bayesian computation: semi-automatic approximate Bayesian computation. J. R. Stat. Soc. B 74, Part 3, 1–28.

Joyce, P. and P. Marjoram (2008) Approximately sufficient statistics and Bayesian computation. Stat. Appl. Gen. Mol. Biol. 7 Article 26.

Nunes, M. A. and Balding, D. J. (2010) On Optimal Selection of Summary Statistics for Approximate Bayesian Computation. Stat. Appl. Gen. Mol. Biol. 9, Iss. 1, Art. 34.

Details of ABC coverage methods appear in:

Prangle D., Blum M. G. B., Popovic G., Sisson S. A. (2014) Diagnostic tools of approximate Bayesian computation using the coverage property. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics 56, Issue 4, 309–329.

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