# mcmcderive

## Why `mcmcderive`

?

`mcmcderive`

is an R package to generate derived parameter(s) from Monte Carlo Markov Chain (MCMC) samples using R code.

This is useful because it means Bayesian models can be fitted without the inclusion of derived parameters which add unnecessary clutter and slows model fitting. For more information on MCMC samples see Brooks et al. (2011).

## Installation

To install the latest release version from CRAN

`install.packages("mcmcderive")`

To install the latest development version from GitHub

`remotes::install_github("poissonconsulting/mcmcderive")`

## Demonstration

```
library(mcmcderive)
mcmcr::mcmcr_example
#> $alpha
#> [1] 3.718025 4.718025
#>
#> nchains: 2
#> niters: 400
#>
#> $beta
#> [,1] [,2]
#> [1,] 0.9716535 1.971654
#> [2,] 1.9716535 2.971654
#>
#> nchains: 2
#> niters: 400
#>
#> $sigma
#> [1] 0.7911975
#>
#> nchains: 2
#> niters: 400
expr <- "
log(alpha2) <- alpha
gamma <- sum(alpha) * sigma
"
mcmc_derive(mcmcr::mcmcr_example, expr, silent = TRUE)
#> $alpha2
#> [1] 41.18352 111.94841
#>
#> nchains: 2
#> niters: 400
#>
#> $gamma
#> [1] 6.60742
#>
#> nchains: 2
#> niters: 400
```

### Parallel Chains

If the MCMC object has multiple chains the run time can be substantially reduced by generating the derived parameters for each chain in parallel. In order for this to work it is necessary to:

- Ensure plyr and doParallel are installed using
`install.packages(c("plyr", "doParallel"))`

.
- Register a parallel backend using
`doParallel::registerDoParallel(4)`

.
- Set
`parallel = TRUE`

in the call to `mcmc_derive()`

.

To facilitate the translation of model code into R code the `extras`

package provides the R equivalent to common model functions such as `pow()`

, `phi()`

and `log() <-`

.

## Contribution

Please report any issues.

Pull requests are always welcome.

## Code of Conduct

Please note that the mcmcderive project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.

## References

Brooks, S., Gelman, A., Jones, G.L., and Meng, X.-L. (Editors). 2011. Handbook for Markov Chain Monte Carlo. Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton.