bayesLife.mcmc {bayesLife}R Documentation

MCMC Simulation Object


MCMC simulation object bayesLife.mcmc containing information about one MCMC chain. A set of such objects belonging to the same simulation together with a bayesLife.mcmc.meta object constitute a bayesLife.mcmc.set object.


An object bayesLife.mcmc points to a place on disk (element output.dir) where MCMC results from all iterations are stored. They can be retrieved to the memory using get.e0.mcmc(...).

The object is in standard cases not to be manipulated by itself, but rather as part of a bayesLife.mcmc.set object.


A bayesLife.mcmc object contains parameters of the Bayesian hierarchical model, more specifically, their initial values (all names with the suffix .ini) and values from the last iteration. These are:
Triangle/Triangle.ini, lambda/lambda.ini - world parameters, containing four values each. They correspond to model parameters Delta_1, …, Delta_4 and lambda_1, … lambda_4, respectively.
k/k.ini, z/z.ini, omega/omega.ini, lambda.k/lambda.k.ini,
lambda.z/lambda.z.ini - world parameters, containing one value each. They correspond to model parameters k, z, omega, lambda_k, and lambda_z, respectively.
Triangle.c - country-specific parameter Delta^c_1, …, Delta^c_4 with four values for each country, i.e. an 4 x C matrix where C is the number of countries.
k.c, z.c - country-specific parameters k^c and z^c (1d arrays of length C).
Furthermore, the object contains components:


Total number of iterations the simulation was started with.


Number of iterations that were finished. Results from the last finished iteration are stored in the parameters above.


Length of the MCMC stored on disk. It differs from finished.iter only if thin is larger than one.


Thinning interval used when simulating the MCMCs.


Identifier of this chain.


Subdirectory (relative to output.dir in the bayesLife.mcmc.meta object) where results of this chain are stored.


This is a placeholder for keeping whole parameter traces in the memory. If the processing operates in a low memory mode, it will be 0. It can be filled in using the function get.e0.mcmc(..., low.memory=FALSE). In such a case, traces is a I x J array where I is the MCMC length and J is the number of parameters.


Burnin used to retrieve the traces, i.e. how many stored iterations are missing from the beginning in the traces array comparing to the ‘raw’ traces on the disk.


State of the random number generator at the end of the last finished interation.


Object of class bayesLife.mcmc.meta used for simulation of this chain.


Hana Sevcikova

See Also

run.e0.mcmc, get.e0.mcmc, bayesLife.mcmc.set, bayesLife.mcmc.meta


sim.dir <- file.path(find.package("bayesLife"), "ex-data", "bayesLife.output")
# loads traces from one chain
m <- get.e0.mcmc(sim.dir, low.memory = FALSE, burnin = 40, chain.ids = 1)
# should have 20 rows, since 60 iterations in total minus 40 burnin
dim(e0.mcmc(m, 1)$traces)

[Package bayesLife version 5.0-1 Index]