Here we document what model objects may be used with
**emmeans**, and some special features of some of them that
may be accessed by passing additional arguments through
`ref_grid`

or `emmeans()`

.

Certain objects are affected by optional arguments to functions that
construct `emmGrid`

objects, including
`ref_grid()`

, `emmeans()`

,
`emtrends()`

, and `emmip()`

. When
“*arguments*” are mentioned in the subsequent quick reference and
object-by-object documentation, we are talking about arguments in these
constructors.

If a model type is not included here, users may be able to obtain
usable results via the `qdrg()`

function; see its help page.
Package developers may support their models by writing appropriate
`recover_data`

and `emm_basis`

methods. See the
package documentation for `extending-emmeans`

and
`vignette("xtending")`

for details.

Here is an alphabetical list of model classes that are supported, and the arguments that apply. Detailed documentation follows, with objects grouped by the code in the “Group” column. Scroll down or follow the links to those groups for more information.

Object.class | Package | Group | Arguments / notes |
---|---|---|---|

aov | stats | A | |

aovList | stats | V | Best with balanced designs, orthogonal coding |

averaging | MuMIn | I | |

betareg | betareg | B | `mode = c("link", "precision", "phi.link",` |

`"variance", "quantile")` |
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brmsfit | brms | P | Supported in brms package |

carbayes | CARBayes | S | `data` is required |

clm | ordinal | O | `mode = c("latent", "linear.predictor", "cum.prob",` |

`"exc.prob", "prob", "mean.class", "scale")` |
|||

clmm | ordinal | O | Like `clm` but no `"scale"`
mode |

coxme | coxme | G | |

coxph | survival | G | |

gam | mgcv | G | `freq = FALSE` ,
`unconditional = FALSE` , |

`what = c("location", "scale", "shape", "rate", "prob.gt.0")` |
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gamm | mgcv | G | `call = object$gam$call` |

Gam | gam | G | `nboot = 800` |

gamlss | gamlss | H | `what = c("mu", "sigma", "nu", "tau")` |

gee | gee | E | `vcov.method = c("naive", "robust")` |

geeglm | geepack | E | `vcov.method = c("vbeta", "vbeta.naiv", "vbeta.j1s",` |

`"vbeta.fij", "robust", "naive")` or a
matrix |
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geese | geepack | E | Like `geeglm` |

glm | stats | G | |

glm.nb | MASS | G | |

glmerMod | lme4 | G | |

glmmadmb | glmmADMB | No longer supported | |

glmmPQL | MASS | G | inherits `lm` support |

glmmTMB | glmmTMB | P | Supported in glmmTMB package (dev.
version only?) |

gls | nlme | K | `mode = c("auto", "df.error", "satterthwaite", "asymptotic")` |

gnls | nlme | A | Supports `params` part. Requires
`param = "<name>"` |

hurdle | pscl | C | `mode = c("response", "count", "zero", "prob0"),` |

`lin.pred = c(FALSE, TRUE)` |
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lm | stats | A | Several other classes inherit from this and may be supported |

lme | nlme | K | `sigmaAdjust = c(TRUE, FALSE),` |

`mode = c("auto", containment", "satterthwaite", "asymptotic"),` |
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`extra.iter = 0` |
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lmerMod | lme4 | L | `lmer.df = c("kenward-roger", "satterthwaite", "asymptotic")` , |

`pbkrtest.limit = 3000` ,
`disable.pbkrtest = FALSE` . |
|||

`emm_options(lmer.df =, pbkrtest.limit =, disable.pbkrtest =)` |
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lqm,lqmm | lqmm | Q | `tau = "0.5"` (must match an entry in
`object$tau` ) |

Optional: `method` , `R` ,
`seed` , `startQR` (must be fully spelled-out) |
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manova | stats | M | `mult.name` , `mult.levs` |

maov | stats | M | `mult.name` , `mult.levs` |

mblogit | mclogit | P | Supported in mclogit (overrides
previous minimal support here) |

mcmc | mcmc | S | May require `formula` ,
`data` |

MCMCglmm | MCMCglmm | S | (see also M) `mult.name` ,
`mult.levs` , `trait` , |

`mode = c("default", "multinomial")` ;
`data` is required |
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mira | mice | I | Optional arguments per class of `$analyses`
elements |

mixed | afex | P | Supported in afex package |

mlm | stats | M | `mult.name` , `mult.levs` |

mmer | sommer | G | |

multinom | nnet | N | `mode = c("prob", "latent")` |

Always include response in specs for
`emmeans()` |
|||

nauf | nauf.xxx |
P | Supported in nauf package |

nlme | nlme | A | Supports fixed part. Requires
`param = "<name>"` |

polr | MASS | O | `mode = c("latent", "linear.predictor", "cum.prob",` |

`"exc.prob", "prob", "mean.class")` |
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rlm | MASS | A | inherits `lm` support |

rms | rms | O | `mode = ("middle", "latent", "linear.predictor",` |

`"cum.prob", "exc.prob", "prob", "mean.class")` |
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rq,rqs | quantreg | Q | `tau = "0.5"` (must match an entry in
`object$tau` ) |

Optional: `se` , `R` ,
`bsmethod` , etc. |
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rlmerMod | robustlmm | P | Supported in robustlmm package |

rsm | rsm | P | Supported in rsm package |

stanreg | rstanarm | S | Args for `stanreg_` xxx similar to
those for xxx |

survreg | survival | A | |

svyglm | survey | A | |

svyolr | survey | O | Piggybacks on `polr` support |

zeroinfl | pscl | C | `mode = c("response", "count", "zero", "prob0")` , |

`lin.pred = c(FALSE, TRUE)` |

Models in this group, such as `lm`

, do not have unusual
features that need special support; hence no extra arguments are needed.
Some may require `data`

in the call.

The additional `mode`

argument for `betareg`

objects has possible values of `"response"`

,
`"link"`

, `"precision"`

, `"phi.link"`

,
`"variance"`

, and `"quantile"`

, which have the
same meaning as the `type`

argument in
`predict.betareg`

– with the addition that
`"phi.link"`

is like `"link"`

, but for the
precision portion of the model. When `mode = "quantile"`

is
specified, the additional argument `quantile`

(a numeric
scalar or vector) specifies which quantile(s) to compute; the default is
0.5 (the median). Also in `"quantile"`

mode, an additional
variable `quantile`

is added to the reference grid, and its
levels are the values supplied.

Two optional arguments – `mode`

and `lin.pred`

– are provided. The `mode`

argument has possible values
`"response"`

(the default), `"count"`

,
`"zero"`

, or `"prob0"`

. `lin.pred`

is
logical and defaults to `FALSE`

.

With `lin.pred = FALSE`

, the results are comparable to
those returned by `predict(..., type = "response")`

,
`predict(..., type = "count")`

,
`predict(..., type = "zero")`

, or
`predict(..., type = "prob")[, 1]`

. See the documentation for
`predict.hurdle`

and `predict.zeroinfl`

.

The option `lin.pred = TRUE`

only applies to
`mode = "count"`

and `mode = "zero"`

. The results
returned are on the linear-predictor scale, with the same transformation
as the link function in that part of the model. The predictions for a
reference grid with `mode = "count"`

,
`lin.pred = TRUE`

, and `type = "response"`

will be
the same as those obtained with `lin.pred = FALSE`

and
`mode = "count"`

; however, any EMMs derived from these grids
will be different, because the averaging is done on the log-count scale
and the actual count scale, respectively – thereby producing geometric
means versus arithmetic means of the predictions.

If the `vcov.`

argument is used (see details in the
documentation for `ref_grid`

), it must yield a matrix of the
same size as would be obtained using `vcov.hurdle`

or
`vcov.zeroinfl`

with its `model`

argument set to
`("full", "count", "zero")`

in respective correspondence with
`mode`

of `("mean", "count", "zero")`

. If
`vcov.`

is a function, it must support the `model`

argument.

These models all have more than one covariance estimate available,
and it may be selected by supplying a string as the
`vcov.method`

argument. It is partially matched with the
available choices shown in the quick reference. In `geese`

and `geeglm`

, the aliases `"robust"`

(for
`"vbeta"`

) and `"naive"`

(for
`"vbeta.naiv"`

are also accepted.

If a matrix or function is supplied as `vcov.method`

, it
is interpreted as a `vcov.`

specification as described for
`...`

in the documentation for `ref_grid`

.

Most models in this group receive only standard support as in Group A, but typically the tests and confidence intervals
are asymptotic. Thus the `df`

column for tabular results will
be `Inf`

.

Some objects in this group may require that the original or reference
dataset be provided when calling `ref_grid()`

or
`emmeans()`

.

In the case of `mgcv::gam`

objects, there are optional
`freq`

and `unconditional`

arguments as is
detailed in the documentation for `mgcv::vcov.gam()`

. Both
default to `FALSE`

. The value of `unconditional`

matters only if `freq = FALSE`

and `object$Vc`

is
non-null.

For `mgcv::gamm`

objects, `emmeans()`

results
are based on the `object$gam`

part. Unfortunately, that is
missing its `call`

component, so the user must supply it in
the `call`

argument (e.g.,
`call = quote(gamm(y ~ s(x), data = dat))`

) or give the
dataset in the `data`

argument. Alternatively (and
recommended), you may first set `object$gam$call`

to the
quoted call ahead of time. The `what`

arguments are used to
select which model formula to use: `"location", "scale"`

apply to `gaulss`

and `gevlss`

families,
`"shape"`

applies only to `gevlss`

, and
`"rate", "prob.gt.0"`

apply to `ziplss`

.

With `gam::Gam`

objects, standard errors are estimated
using a bootstrap method when there are any smoothers involved.
Accordingly, there is an optional `nboot`

argument that sets
the number of bootstrap replications used to estimate the variances and
covariances of the smoothing portions of the model. Generally, it is
better to use models fitted via `mgcv::gam()`

rather than
`gam::gam()`

.

`gamlss`

modelsThe `what`

argument has possible values of
`"mu"`

(default), `"sigma"`

, `"nu"`

, or
`"tau"`

depending on which part of the model you want results
for. Currently, there is no support when the selected part of the model
contains a smoothing method like `pb()`

.

These objects are the results of fitting several models with
different predictor subsets or imputed values. The `bhat`

and
`V`

slots are obtained via averaging and, in the case of
multiple imputation, adding a multiple of the between-imputation
covariance per Rubin’s rules.

Support for `MuMIn::averaging`

objects may be somewhat
dodgy, as it is not clear that all supported model classes will work.
The object *must* have a `"modelList"`

attribute
(obtained by constructing the object explicitly from a model list or by
including `fit = TRUE`

in the call). And each model should be
fitted with `data`

as a **named** argument in
the call; or else provide a `data`

argument in the call to
`emmeans()`

or `ref_grid()`

. Only ``full’’
averaging is supported; conditional averaging can result in
non-positive-definite covariance matrices, and so cannot be considered.
No estimability checking is done at present (not clear what we even mean
by it).

`gls`

and `lme`

modelsThe `sigmaAdjust`

argument is a logical value that
defaults to `TRUE`

. It is comparable to the
`adjustSigma`

option in `nlme::summary.lme`

(the
name-mangling is to avoid conflicts with the often-used
`adjust`

argument), and determines whether or not a
degrees-of-freedom adjustment is performed with models fitted using the
ML method.

The optional `mode`

argument affects the degrees of
freedom. The `mode = "satterthwaite"`

option determines
degrees of freedom via the Satterthwaite method: If `s^2`

is
the estimate of some variance, then its Satterthwaite d.f. is
`2*s^4 / Var(s^2)`

. In case our numerical methods for this
fail, we also offer `mode = "appx-satterthwaite"`

as a
backup, by which quantities related to `Var(s^2)`

are
obtained by randomly perturbing the response values. Currently, only
`"appx-satterthwaite"`

is available for `lme`

objects, and it is used if `"satterthwaite"`

is requested.
Because `appx-satterthwaite`

is simulation-based, results may
vary if the same analysis is repeated. An `extra.iter`

argument may be added to request additional simulation runs (at
[possibly considerable] cost of repeating the model-fitting that many
more times). (Note: Previously, `"appx-satterthwaite"`

was
termed `"boot-satterthwaite"`

; this is still supported for
backward compatibility. The “boot” was abandoned because it is really an
approximation method, not a bootstrap method in the sense as many
statistical methods.)

An alternative method is `"df.error"`

(for
`gls`

) and `"containment"`

(for `lme`

).
`df.error`

is just the error degrees of freedom for the
model, minus the number of extra random effects estimated; it generally
over-estimates the degrees of freedom. The `asymptotic`

mode
simply sets the degrees of freedom to infinity.
“containment”`mode (for`

lme`models) determines the degrees of freedom for the coarsest grouping involved in the contrast or linear function involved, so it tends to under-estimate the degrees of freedom. The default is`

mode
= “auto”`, which uses Satterthwaite if there are estimated random
effects and the non-Satterthwaite option otherwise.

User reports indicate that models with special terms like
`poly()`

are not adequately supported by `gls`

in
that the needed basis is not recoverable from its `terms`

component. This is not a problem with `lme`

.

The `extra.iter`

argument is ignored unless the d.f.
method is (or defaults to) `appx-satterthwaite`

.

`lmerMod`

modelsThere is an optional `lmer.df`

argument that defaults to
`get_EMM_option("lmer.df")`

(which in turn defaults to
`"kenward-roger"`

). The possible values are
`"kenward-roger"`

, `"satterthwaite"`

, and
`"asymptotic"`

(these are partially matched and
case-insensitive). With `"kenward-roger"`

, d.f. are obtained
using code from the **pbkrtest** package, if installed.
With `"satterthwaite"`

, d.f. are obtained using code from the
**lmerTest** package, if installed. With
`"asymptotic"`

, or if the needed package is not installed,
d.f. are set to `Inf`

. (For backward compatibility, the user
may specify `mode`

in lieu of `lmer.df`

.)

A by-product of the Kenward-Roger method is that the covariance
matrix is adjusted using `pbkrtest::vcovAdj()`

. This can
require considerable computation; so to avoid that overhead, the user
should opt for the Satterthwaite or asymptotic method; or, for backward
compatibility, may disable the use of **pbkrtest** via
`emm_options(disable.pbkrtest = TRUE)`

(this does not disable
the **pbkrtest** package entirely, just its use in
**emmeans**). The computation time required depends roughly
on the number of observations, *N*, in the design matrix (because
a major part of the computation involves inverting an *N* x
*N* matrix). Thus, **pbkrtest** is automatically
disabled if *N* exceeds the value of
`get_emm_option("pbkrtest.limit")`

, for which the factory
default is 3000. (The user may also specify `pbkrtest.limit`

or `disable.pbkrtest`

as an argument in the call to
`emmeans()`

or `ref_grid()`

)

Similarly to the above, the `disable.lmerTest`

and
`lmerTest.limit`

options or arguments affect whether
Satterthwaite methods can be implemented.

The `df`

argument may be used to specify some other
degrees of freedom. Note that if `df`

and
`method = "kenward-roger"`

are both specified, the covariance
matrix is adjusted but the K-R degrees of freedom are not used.

Finally, note that a user-specified covariance matrix (via the
`vcov.`

argument) will also disable the Kenward-Roger method;
in that case, the Satterthwaite method is used in place of
Kenward-Roger.

When there is a multivariate response, the different responses are
treated as if they were levels of a factor – named `rep.meas`

by default. The `mult.name`

argument may be used to change
this name. The `mult.levs`

argument may specify a named list
of one or more sets of levels. If this has more than one element, then
the multivariate levels are expressed as combinations of the named
factor levels via the function `base::expand.grid`

.

The reference grid includes a pseudo-factor with the same name and
levels as the multinomial response. There is an optional
`mode`

argument which should match `"prob"`

or
`"latent"`

. With `mode = "prob"`

, the
reference-grid predictions consist of the estimated multinomial
probabilities. The `"latent"`

mode returns the linear
predictor, recentered so that it averages to zero over the levels of the
response variable (similar to sum-to-zero contrasts). Thus each latent
variable can be regarded as the log probability at that level minus the
average log probability over all levels.

There are two optional arguments: `mode`

and
`rescale`

(which defaults to `c(0, 1)`

).

Please note that, because the probabilities sum to 1 (and the latent
values sum to 0) over the multivariate-response levels, all sensible
results from `emmeans()`

must involve that response as one of
the factors. For example, if `resp`

is a response with
*k* levels, `emmeans(model, ~ resp | trt)`

will yield
the estimated multinomial distribution for each `trt`

; but
`emmeans(model, ~ trt)`

will just yield the average
probability of 1/*k* for each `trt`

.

The reference grid for ordinal models will include all variables that
appear in the main model as well as those in the `scale`

or
`nominal`

models (if provided). There are two optional
arguments: `mode`

(a character string) and
`rescale`

(which defaults to `c(0, 1)`

).
`mode`

should match one of `"latent"`

(the
default), `"linear.predictor"`

, `"cum.prob"`

,
`"exc.prob"`

, `"prob"`

, `"mean.class"`

,
or `"scale"`

– see the quick reference and note which are
supported.

With `mode = "latent"`

, the reference-grid predictions are
made on the scale of the latent variable implied by the model. The scale
and location of this latent variable are arbitrary, and may be altered
via `rescale`

. The predictions are multiplied by
`rescale[2]`

, then added to `rescale[1]`

. Keep in
mind that the scaling is related to the link function used in the model;
for example, changing from a probit link to a logistic link will inflate
the latent values by around \(\pi/\sqrt{3}\), all other things being
equal. `rescale`

has no effect for other values of
`mode`

.

With `mode = "linear.predictor"`

,
`mode = "cum.prob"`

, and `mode = "exc.prob"`

, the
boundaries between categories (i.e., thresholds) in the ordinal response
are included in the reference grid as a pseudo-factor named
`cut`

. The reference-grid predictions are then of the
cumulative probabilities at each threshold (for
`mode = "cum.prob"`

), exceedance probabilities (one minus
cumulative probabilities, for `mode = "exc.prob"`

), or the
link function thereof (for `mode = "linear.predictor"`

).

With `mode = "prob"`

, a pseudo-factor with the same name
as the model’s response variable is created, and the grid predictions
are of the probabilities of each class of the ordinal response. With
`"mean.class"`

, the returned results are means of the ordinal
response, interpreted as a numeric value from 1 to the number of
classes, using the `"prob"`

results as the estimated
probability distribution for each case.

With `mode = "scale"`

, and the fitted object incorporates
a scale model, EMMs are obtained for the factors in the scale model
(with a log response) instead of the response model. The grid is
constructed using only the factors in the scale model.

Any grid point that is non-estimable by either the location or the
scale model (if present) is set to `NA`

, and any EMMs
involving such a grid point will also be non-estimable. A consequence of
this is that if there is a rank-deficient `scale`

model, then
*all* latent responses become non-estimable because the
predictions are made using the average log-scale estimate.

`rms`

models have an additional `mode`

. With
`mode = "middle"`

(this is the default), the middle intercept
is used, comparable to the default for `rms::Predict()`

. This
is quite similar in concept to `mode = "latent"`

, where all
intercepts are averaged together.

Models in this group have their **emmeans** support
provided by the package that implements the model-fitting procedure.
Users should refer to the package documentation for details on
**emmeans** support. In some cases, a package’s models may
have been supported here in **emmeans**; if so, the other
package’s support overrides it.

The argument `tau`

should match (within a very small
margin) one of the quantiles actually specified in fitting the model;
otherwise an error results. In these models, the covariance matrix is
obtained via the model’s `summary()`

method with
`covariance = TRUE`

. The user may specify one or more of the
other arguments for `summary`

or to be passed to, say, a
bootstrap routine. If so, those optional arguments must be spelled-out
completely (e.g., `start`

will *not* be matched to
`startQR`

).

Models fitted using MCMC methods contain a sample from the posterior
distribution of fixed-effect coefficients. In some cases (e.g., results
of `MCMCpack::MCMCregress()`

and
`MCMCpack::MCMCpoisson()`

), the object may include a
`"call"`

attribute that `emmeans()`

can use to
reconstruct the data and obtain a basis for the EMMs. If not, a
`formula`

and `data`

argument are provided that
may help produce the right results. In addition, the
`contrasts`

specifications are not necessarily recoverable
from the object, so the system default must match what was actually used
in fitting the model.

The `summary.emmGrid()`

method provides credibility
intervals (HPD intervals) of the results, and ignores the
frequentist-oriented arguments (`infer`

, `adjust`

,
etc.) An `as.mcmc()`

method is provided that creates an
`mcmc`

object that can be summarized or plotted using the
**coda** package (or others that support those objects). It
provides a posterior sample of EMMs, or contrasts thereof, for the given
reference grid, based on the posterior sample of the fixed effects from
the model object.

In `MCMCglmm`

objects, the `data`

argument is
required; however, if you save it as a member of the model object (e.g.,
`object$data = quote(mydata)`

), that removes the necessity of
specifying it in each call. The special keyword `trait`

is
used in some models. When the response is multivariate and numeric,
`trait`

is generated automatically as a factor in the
reference grid, and the arguments `mult.levels`

can be used
to name its levels. In other models such as a multinomial model, use the
`mode`

argument to specify the type of model, and
`trait = <factor name>`

to specify the name of the data
column that contains the levels of the factor response.

The **brms** package version 2.13 and later, has its own
`emmeans`

support. Refer to the documentation in that
package.

`aovList`

objects (also used with
`afex_aov`

objects)Support for these objects is limited. To avoid strong biases in the
predictions, it is strongly recommended that when fitting the model, the
`contrasts`

attribute of all factors should be of a type that
sums to zero – for example, `"contr.sum"`

,
`"contr.poly"`

, or `"contr.helmert"`

but
*not* `"contr.treatment"`

. If that is found not to be
the case, the model is re-fitted using sum-to-zero contrasts (thus
requiring additional computation). Doing so does *not* remove all
bias in the EMMs unless the design is perfectly balanced, and an
annotation is added to warn of that. This bias cancels out when doing
comparisons and contrasts.

Only intra-block estimates of covariances are used. That is, if a
factor appears in more than one error stratum, only the covariance
structure from its lowest stratum is used in estimating standard errors.
Degrees of freedom are obtained using the Satterthwaite method. In
general, `aovList`

support is best with balanced designs,
with due caution in the use of contrasts. If a `vcov.`

argument is supplied, it must yield a single covariance matrix for the
unique fixed effects (not a set of them for each error stratum). In that
case, the degrees of freedom are set to `NA`

.