fit_hbd_psr_on_best_grid_size {castor}R Documentation

Fit pulled speciation rates of birth-death models on a time grid with optimal size.


Given an ultrametric timetree, estimate the pulled speciation rate of homogenous birth-death (HBD) models that best explains the tree via maximum likelihood, automatically determining the optimal time-grid size based on the data. Every HBD model is defined by some speciation and extinction rates (λ and μ) over time, as well as the sampling fraction ρ (fraction of extant species sampled). “Homogenous” refers to the assumption that, at any given moment in time, all lineages exhibit the same speciation/extinction rates. For any given HBD model there exists an infinite number of alternative HBD models that predict the same deterministic lineages-through-time curve and yield the same likelihood for any given reconstructed timetree; these “congruent” models cannot be distinguished from one another solely based on the tree.

Each congruence class is uniquely described by the “pulled speciation rate” (PSR), defined as the relative slope of the deterministic LTT over time, PSR=-M^{-1}dM/dτ (where τ is time before present). In other words, two HBD models are congruent if and only if they have the same PSR. This function is designed to estimate the generating congruence class for the tree, by fitting the PSR on a discrete time grid. Internally, the function uses fit_hbd_psr_on_grid to perform the fitting. The "best" grid size is determined based on some optimality criterion, such as AIC.


                              oldest_age            = NULL,
                              age0                  = 0,
                              grid_sizes            = c(1,10),
                              uniform_grid          = FALSE,
                              criterion             = "AIC",
                              exhaustive            = TRUE,
                              min_PSR               = 0,
                              max_PSR               = +Inf,
                              guess_PSR             = NULL,
                              fixed_PSR             = NULL,
                              splines_degree        = 1,
                              condition             = "auto",
                              relative_dt           = 1e-3,
                              Ntrials               = 1,
                              Nbootstraps           = 0,
                              Ntrials_per_bootstrap = NULL,
                              Nthreads              = 1,
                              max_model_runtime	    = NULL,
                              fit_control           = list(),
                              verbose               = FALSE,
                              verbose_prefix        = "")



A rooted ultrametric timetree of class "phylo", representing the time-calibrated phylogeny of a set of extant sampled species.


Strictly positive numeric, specifying the oldest time before present (“age”) to consider when calculating the likelihood. If this is equal to or greater than the root age, then oldest_age is taken as the stem age. If oldest_age is less than the root age, the tree is split into multiple subtrees at that age by treating every edge crossing that age as the stem of a subtree, and each subtree is considered an independent realization of the HBD model stemming at that age. This can be useful for avoiding points in the tree close to the root, where estimation uncertainty is generally higher. If oldest_age==NULL, it is automatically set to the root age.


Non-negative numeric, specifying the youngest age (time before present) to consider for fitting. If age0>0, the tree essentially is trimmed at age0, omitting anything younger than age0, and the PSR is fitted to the trimmed tree while shifting time appropriately.


Numeric vector, listing alternative grid sizes to consider.


Logical, specifying whether to use uniform time grids (equal time intervals) or non-uniform time grids (more grid points towards the present, where more data are available).


Character, specifying which criterion to use for selecting the best grid. Options are "AIC" and "BIC".


Logical, whether to try all grid sizes before choosing the best one. If FALSE, the grid size is gradually increased until the selection criterio (e.g., AIC) starts becoming worse, at which point the search is halted. This avoids fitting models with excessive grid sizes when an optimum already seems to have been found at a smaller grid size.


Numeric vector of length Ngrid (=max(1,length(age_grid))), or a single numeric, specifying lower bounds for the fitted PSR at each point in the age grid. If a single numeric, the same lower bound applies at all ages. Note that the PSR is never negative.


Numeric vector of length Ngrid, or a single numeric, specifying upper bounds for the fitted PSR at each point in the age grid. If a single numeric, the same upper bound applies at all ages. Use +Inf to omit upper bounds.


Initial guess for the PSR at each age-grid point. Either NULL (an initial guess will be computed automatically), or a single numeric (guessing a constant PSR at all ages), or a function handle (for generating guesses at each grid point; this function may also return NA at some time points for which a guess shall be computed automatically).


Optional fixed (i.e. non-fitted) PSR values. Either NULL (none of the PSR values are fixed) or a function handle specifying the PSR for any arbitrary age (PSR will be fixed at any age for which this function returns a finite number). The function fixed_PSR() need not return finite values for all times, in fact doing so would mean that the PSR is not fitted anywhere.


Integer between 0 and 3 (inclusive), specifying the polynomial degree of the PSR between age-grid points. If 0, then the PSR is considered piecewise constant, if 1 then the PSR is considered piecewise linear, if 2 or 3 then the PSR is considered to be a spline of degree 2 or 3, respectively. The splines_degree influences the analytical properties of the curve, e.g. splines_degree==1 guarantees a continuous curve, splines_degree==2 guarantees a continuous curve and continuous derivative, and so on. A degree of 0 is generally not recommended.


Character, either "crown", "stem", "auto", "stemN" or "crownN" (where N is an integer >=2), specifying on what to condition the likelihood. If "crown", the likelihood is conditioned on the survival of the two daughter lineages branching off at the root at that time. If "stem", the likelihood is conditioned on the survival of the stem lineage, with the process having started at oldest_age. Note that "crown" and "crownN"" really only make sense when oldest_age is equal to the root age, while "stem" is recommended if oldest_age differs from the root age. If "stem2", the condition is that the process yielded at least two sampled tips, and similarly for "stem3" etc. If "crown3", the condition is that a splitting occurred at the root age, both child clades survived, and in total yielded at least 3 sampled tips (and similarly for "crown4" etc). If "auto", the condition is chosen according to the recommendations mentioned earlier.


Strictly positive numeric (unitless), specifying the maximum relative time step allowed for integration over time, when calculating the likelihood. Smaller values increase integration accuracy but increase computation time. Typical values are 0.0001-0.001. The default is usually sufficient.


Integer, specifying the number of independent fitting trials to perform, each starting from a random choice of model parameters. Increasing Ntrials reduces the risk of reaching a non-global local maximum in the fitting objective.


Integer, specifying an optional number of bootstrap samplings to perform, for estimating standard errors and confidence intervals of maximum-likelihood fitted parameters. If 0, no bootstrapping is performed. Typical values are 10-100. At each bootstrap sampling, a random timetree is generated under the birth-death model according to the fitted PSR, the parameters are estimated anew based on the generated tree, and subsequently compared to the original fitted parameters. Each bootstrap sampling will use roughly the same information and similar computational resources as the original maximum-likelihood fit (e.g., same number of trials, same optimization parameters, same initial guess, etc). Bootstrapping is only performed for the best grid size.


Integer, specifying the number of fitting trials to perform for each bootstrap sampling. If NULL, this is set equal to max(1,Ntrials). Decreasing Ntrials_per_bootstrap will reduce computation time, at the expense of potentially inflating the estimated confidence intervals; in some cases (e.g., for very large trees) this may be useful if fitting takes a long time and confidence intervals are very narrow anyway. Only relevant if Nbootstraps>0.


Integer, specifying the number of parallel threads to use for performing multiple fitting trials simultaneously. This should generally not exceed the number of available CPUs on your machine. Parallel computing is not available on the Windows platform.


Optional numeric, specifying the maximum number of seconds to allow for each evaluation of the likelihood function. Use this to abort fitting trials leading to parameter regions where the likelihood takes a long time to evaluate (these are often unlikely parameter regions).


Named list containing options for the nlminb optimization routine, such as iter.max, eval.max or rel.tol. For a complete list of options and default values see the documentation of nlminb in the stats package.


Logical, specifying whether to print progress reports and warnings to the screen. Note that errors always cause a return of the function (see return values success and error).


Character, specifying the line prefix for printing progress reports to the screen.


It is generally advised to provide as much information to the function fit_hbd_psr_on_best_grid_size as possible, including reasonable lower and upper bounds (min_PSR and max_PSR) and a reasonable parameter guess (guess_PSR).


A list with the following elements:


Logical, indicating whether the function executed successfully. If FALSE, the returned list will include an additional “error” element (character) providing a description of the error; in that case all other return variables may be undefined.


A named list containing the fitting results for the best grid size. This list has the same structure as the one returned by fit_hbd_psr_on_grid.


Numeric vector, listing the grid sizes as provided during the function call.


Numeric vector of the same length as grid_sizes, listing the AIC for each considered grid size. Note that some entries may be NA, if the corresponding grid sizes were not considered (if exhaustive=FALSE).


Numeric vector of the same length as grid_sizes, listing the BIC for each considered grid size. Note that some entries may be NA, if the corresponding grid sizes were not considered (if exhaustive=FALSE).


Stilianos Louca


S. Louca et al. (2018). Bacterial diversification through geological time. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 2:1458-1467.

S. Louca and M. W. Pennell (2020). Extant timetrees are consistent with a myriad of diversification histories. Nature. 580:502-505.

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## Not run: 
# Generate a random tree with exponentially varying lambda & mu
Ntips     = 10000
rho       = 0.5 # sampling fraction
time_grid = seq(from=0, to=100, by=0.01)
lambdas   = 2*exp(0.1*time_grid)
mus       = 1.5*exp(0.09*time_grid)
sim       = generate_random_tree( parameters  = list(rarefaction=rho), 
                                  max_tips    = Ntips/rho,
                                  coalescent  = TRUE,
                                  added_rates_times     = time_grid,
                                  added_birth_rates_pc  = lambdas,
                                  added_death_rates_pc  = mus)
tree = sim$tree
root_age = castor::get_tree_span(tree)$max_distance
cat(sprintf("Tree has %d tips, spans %g Myr\n",length(tree$tip.label),root_age))

# Fit PSR on grid, with the grid size chosen automatically between 1 and 5
fit = fit_hbd_psr_on_best_grid_size(tree, 
                                    max_PSR           = 100,
                                    grid_sizes        = c(1:5),
                                    exhaustive        = FALSE,
                                    uniform_grid      = FALSE,
                                    Ntrials           = 10,
                                    Nthreads          = 4,
                                    verbose           = TRUE,
                                    max_model_runtime = 1)
  cat(sprintf("ERROR: Fitting failed: %s\n",fit$error))
  best_fit = fit$best_fit
  cat(sprintf("Fitting succeeded:\nBest grid size=%d\n",length(best_fit$age_grid)))
  # plot fitted PSR
  plot( x     = best_fit$age_grid,
        y     = best_fit$fitted_PSR,
        main  = 'Fitted PSR',
        xlab  = 'age',
        ylab  = 'PSR',
        type  = 'b',
        xlim  = c(root_age,0))         
  # get fitted PSR as a function of age
  PSR_fun = approxfun(x=best_fit$age_grid, y=best_fit$fitted_PSR)

## End(Not run)

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