metafor 2.1-0 (2019-03-12) Unreleased

  • llplot() now also allows for measure="GEN"; also, the documentation and y-axis label have been corrected to indicate that the function plots likelihoods (not log likelihoods)

  • confint.rma.mv() now returns an object of class list.confint.rma when obtaining CIs for all variance and correlation components of the model; added corresponding print.list.confint.rma() function

  • moved tol argument in permutest() to control and renamed to comptol

  • added PMM and GENQM estimators in rma.uni()

  • added vif() function to get variance inflation factors

  • added .glmulti object for making the interaction with glmulti easier

  • added reporter() and reporter.rma.uni() for dynamically generating analysis reports for objects of class rma.uni

  • output is now styled/colored when crayon package is loaded (this only works on a ‘proper’ terminal with color support; also works in RStudio)

  • overhauled plot.gosh.rma(); when out is specified, it now shows two distributions, one for the values when the outlier is included and one for the values when for outlier is excluded; dropped the hcol argument and added border argument

  • refactored influence.rma.uni() to be more consistent internally with other functions; print.infl.rma.uni() and plot.infl.rma.uni() adjusted accordingly; functions cooks.distance.rma.uni(), dfbetas.rma.uni(), and rstudent.rma.uni() now call influence.rma.uni() for the computations

  • rstudent.rma.uni() now computes the SE of the deleted residuals in such a way that it will yield identical results to a mean shift outlier model even when that model is fitted with test="knha"

  • rstandard.rma.uni() gains type argument, and can now also compute conditional residuals (it still computes marginal residuals by default)

  • cooks.distance.rma.mv() gains cluster argument, so that the Cook’s distances can be computed for groups of estimates

  • cooks.distance.rma.mv() gains parallel, ncpus, and cl arguments and can now make use of parallel processing

  • cooks.distance.rma.mv() should be faster by using the estimates from the full model as starting values when fitting the models with the ith study/cluster deleted from the dataset

  • cooks.distance.rma.mv() gains reestimate argument; when set to FALSE, variance/correlation components are not reestimated

  • rstandard.rma.mv() gains cluster argument for computing cluster-level multivariate standardized residuals

  • added rstudent.rma.mv() and dfbetas.rma.mv()

  • smarter matching of elements in newmods (when using a named vector) in predict() that also works for models with interactions (thanks to Nicole Erler for pointing out the problem)

  • rma.uni() and rma.mv() no longer issue (obvious) warnings when user constrains vi or V to 0 (i.e., vi=0 or V=0, respectively)

  • rma.mv() does more intelligent filtering based on NAs in V matrix

  • rma.mv() now ensures strict symmetry of any (var-cov or correlation) matrices specified via the R argument

  • fixed rma.mv() so checks on R argument run as intended; also fixed an issue when multiple formulas with slashes are specified via random (thanks to Andrew Loignon for pointing out the problem)

  • suppressed showing calls on some warnings/errors in rma.mv()

  • rma.mv() now allows for a continuous-time autoregressive random effects structure (struct="CAR") and various spatial correlation structures (struct="SPEXP", "SPGAU", "SPLIN", "SPRAT", and "SPSPH")

  • rma.mv() now allows for struct="GEN" which models correlated random effects for any number of predictors, including continuous ones (i.e., this allows for ‘random slopes’)

  • in the various forest() functions, when options(na.action="na.pass") or options(na.action="na.exclude") and an annotation contains NA, this is now shown as a blank (instead of NA [NA, NA])

  • the various forest() and addpoly() functions gain a fonts argument

  • the various forest() functions gain a top argument

  • the various forest() functions now show correct point sizes when the weights of the studies are exactly the same

  • forest.cumul.rma() gains a col argument

  • funnel.default() and funnel.rma() can now take vectors as input for the col and bg arguments (and also for pch)

  • addpoly() functions can now also show credibility interval bounds

  • removed ‘formula interface’ from escalc(); until this actually adds some kind of extra functionality, this just makes escalc() more confusing to use

  • escalc() can now compute the coefficient of variation ratio and the variability ratio for pre-post or matched designs ("CVRC", "VRC")

  • escalc() does a bit more housekeeping

  • added (currently undocumented) arguments onlyo1, addyi, and addvi to escalc() that allow for more flexibility when computing certain bias corrections and when computing sampling variances for measures that make use of the add and to arguments

  • escalc() now sets add=0 for measures where the use of such a bias correction makes little sense; this applies to the following measures: "AS", "PHI", "RTET", "IRSD", "PAS", "PFT", "IRS", and "IRFT"; one can still force the use of the bias correction by explicitly setting the add argument to some non-zero value

  • added clim argument to summary.escalc()

  • added ilim argument to trimfill()

  • labbe() gains lty argument

  • labbe() now (invisibly) returns a data frame with the coordinates of the points that were drawn (which may be useful for manual labeling of points in the plot)

  • added a print method for profile.rma objects

  • profile.rma.mv() now check whether any of the profiled log-likelihood values is larger than the log-likelihood of the fitted model (using numerical tolerance given by lltol) and issues a warning if so

  • profile.rma.uni(), profile.rma.mv(), and plot.profile.rma() gain cline argument; plot.profile.rma() gains xlim, ylab, and main arguments

  • fixed an issue with robust.rma.mv() when the model was fitted with sparse=TRUE (thanks to Roger Martineau for noting the problem)

  • various method functions (fitted(), resid(), predict(), etc.) behave in a more consistent manner when model omitted studies with missings

  • predict.rma() gains vcov argument; when set to TRUE, the variance- covariance matrix of the predicted values is also returned

  • vcov.rma() can now also return the variance-covariance matrix of the fitted values (type="fitted") and the residuals (type="resid")

  • added $<- and as.matrix() methods for list.rma objects

  • fixed error in simulate.rma() that would generate too many samples for rma.mv models

  • added undocumented argument time to all model fitting functions; if set to TRUE, the model fitting time is printed

  • added more tests (also for parallel operations)

  • reorganized the documentation a bit

metafor 2.0-0 (2017-06-22) 2017-06-22

  • added simulate() method for rma objects; added MASS to Suggests (since simulating for rma.mv objects requires mvrnorm() from MASS)

  • cooks.distance.rma.mv() now works properly even when there are missing values in the data

  • residuals() gains type argument and can compute Pearson residuals

  • the newmods argument in predict() can now be a named vector or a matrix/data frame with column names that get properly matched up with the variables in the model

  • added ranef.rma.mv() for extracting the BLUPs of the random effects for rma.mv models

  • all functions that repeatedly refit models now have the option to show a progress bar

  • added ranktest.default(), so user can now pass the outcomes and corresponding sampling variances directly to the function

  • added regtest.default(), so user can now pass the outcomes and corresponding sampling variances directly to the function

  • funnel.default() gains subset argument

  • funnel.default() and funnel.rma() gain col and bg arguments

  • plot.profile.rma() gains ylab argument

  • more consistent handling of robust.rma objects

  • added location-scale model

  • added a print method for rma.gosh objects

  • the (log) relative risk is now called the (log) risk ratio in all help files, plots, code, and comments

  • escalc() can now compute outcome measures based on paired binary data ("MPRR", "MPOR", "MPRD", "MPORC", and "MPPETO")

  • escalc() can now compute (semi-)partial correlation coefficients ("PCOR", "ZPCOR", "SPCOR")

  • escalc() can now compute measures of variability for single groups ("CVLN", "SDLN") and for the difference in variability between two groups ("CVR", "VR"); also the log transformed mean ("MNLN") has been added for consistency

  • escalc() can now compute the sampling variance for measure="PHI" for studies using stratified sampling (vtpye="ST")

  • the [ method for escalc objects now properly handles the ni and slab attributes and does a better job of cleaning out superfluous variable name information

  • added rbind() method for escalc objects

  • added as.data.frame() method for list.rma objects

  • added a new dataset (dat.pagliaro1992) for another illustration of a network meta-analysis

  • added a new dataset (dat.laopaiboon2015) on the effectiveness of azithromycin for treating lower respiratory tract infections

  • rma.uni() and rma.mv() now check if the ratio of the largest to smallest sampling variance is very large; results may not be stable then (and very large ratios typically indicate wrongly coded data)

  • model fitting functions now check if extra/superfluous arguments are specified via ... and issues are warning if so

  • instead of defining own generic ranef(), import ranef() from nlme

  • improved output formatting

  • added more tests (but disabled a few tests on CRAN to avoid some issues when R is compiled with --disable-long-double)

  • some general code cleanup

  • renamed diagram_metafor.pdf vignette to just diagram.pdf

  • minor updates in the documentation

metafor 1.9-9 (2016-09-25) 2016-09-25

  • started to use git as version control system, GitHub to host the repository (https://github.com/wviechtb/metafor) for the development version of the package, Travis CI as continuous integration service (https://travis-ci.org/wviechtb/metafor), and Codecov for automated code coverage reporting (https://codecov.io/github/wviechtb/metafor)

  • argument knha in rma.uni() and argument tdist in rma.glmm() and rma.mv() are now superseded by argument test in all three functions; for backwards compatibility, the knha and tdist arguments still work, but are no longer documented

  • rma(yi, vi, weights=1, test="knha") now yields the same results as rma(yi, vi, weighted=FALSE, test="knha") (but use of the Knapp and Hartung method in the context of an unweighted analysis remains an experimental feature)

  • one can now pass an escalc object directly to rma.uni(), which then tries to automatically determine the yi and vi variables in the data frame (thanks to Christian Roever for the suggestion)

  • escalc() can now also be used to convert a regular data frame to an escalc object

  • for measure="UCOR", the exact bias-correction is now used (instead of the approximation); when vtype="UB", the exact equation is now used to compute the unbiased estimate of the variance of the bias-corrected correlation coefficient; hence gsl is now a suggested package (needed to compute the hypergeometric function) and is loaded when required

  • cooks.distance() now also works with rma.mv objects; and since model fitting can take some time, an option to show a progress bar has been added

  • fixed an issue with robust.rma.mv() throwing errors when the model was fitted with sparse=TRUE

  • fixed an error with robust.rma.mv() when the model was fitted with user-defined weights (or a user-defined weight matrix)

  • added ranef() for extracting the BLUPs of the random effects (only for rma.uni objects at the moment)

  • reverted back to the pre-1.1-0 way of computing p-values for individual coefficients in permutest.rma.uni(), that is, the p-value is computed with mean(abs(z_perm) >= abs(z_obs) - tol) (where tol is a numerical tolerance)

  • permutest.rma.uni() gains permci argument, which can be used to obtain permutation-based CIs of the model coefficients (note that this is computationally very demanding and may take a long time to complete)

  • rma.glmm() continues to work even when the saturated model cannot be fitted (although the tests for heterogeneity are not available then)

  • rma.glmm() now allows control over the arguments used for method.args (via control=list(hessianCtrl=list(...))) passed to hessian() (from the numDeriv package) when using model="CM.EL" and measure="OR"

  • in rma.glmm(), default method.args value for r passed to hessian() has been increased to 16 (while this slows things down a bit, this appears to improve the accuracy of the numerical approximation to the Hessian, especially when tau^2 is close to 0)

  • the various forest() and addpoly() functions now have a new argument called width, which provides manual control over the width of the annotation columns; this is useful when creating complex forest plots with a monospaced font and we want to ensure that all annotations are properly lined up at the decimal point

  • the annotations created by the various forest() and addpoly() functions are now a bit more compact by default

  • more flexible efac argument in the various forest() functions

  • trailing zeros in the axis labels are now dropped in forest and funnel plots by default; but trailing zeros can be retained by specifying a numeric (and not an integer) value for the digits argument

  • added funnel.default(), which directly takes as input a vector with the observed effect sizes or outcomes and the corresponding sampling variances, standard errors, and/or sample sizes

  • added plot.profile.rma(), a plot method for objects returned by the profile.rma.uni() and profile.rma.mv() functions

  • simplified baujat.rma.uni(), baujat.rma.mh(), and baujat.rma.peto() to baujat.rma(), which now handles objects of class rma.uni, rma.mh, and rma.peto

  • baujat.rma() gains argument symbol for more control over the plotting symbol

  • labbe() gains a grid argument

  • more logical placement of labels in qqnorm.rma.uni(), qqnorm.rma.mh(), and qqnorm.rma.peto() functions (and more control thereof)

  • qqnorm.rma.uni() gains lty argument

  • added gosh.rma() and plot.gosh.rma() for creating GOSH (i.e., graphical display of study heterogeneity) plots based on Olkin et al. (2012)

  • in the (rare) case where all observed outcomes are exactly equal to each other, test="knha" (i.e., knha=TRUE) in rma() now leads to more appropriate results

  • updated datasets so those containing precomputed effect size estimates or observed outcomes are already declared to be escalc objects

  • added new datasets (dat.egger2001 and dat.li2007) on the effectiveness of intravenous magnesium in acute myocardial infarction

  • methods package is now under Depends (in addition to Matrix), so that rma.mv(..., sparse=TRUE) always works, even under Rscript

  • some general code cleanup

  • added more tests (and used a more consistent naming scheme for tests)

metafor 1.9-8 (2015-09-28) 2015-09-28

  • due to more stringent package testing, it is increasingly difficult to ensure that the package passes all checks on older versions of R; from now on, the package will therefore require, and be checked under, only the current (and the development) version of R

  • added graphics, grDevices, and methods to Imports (due to recent change in how CRAN checks packages)

  • the struct argument for rma.mv() now also allows for "ID" and "DIAG", which are identical to the "CS" and "HCS" structures, but with the correlation parameter fixed to 0

  • added robust() for (cluster) robust tests and confidence intervals for rma.uni and rma.mv models (this uses a robust sandwich-type estimator of the variance-covariance matrix of the fixed effects along the lines of the Eicker-Huber-White method)

  • confint() now works for models fitted with the rma.mv() function; for variance and correlation parameters, the function provides profile likelihood confidence intervals; the output generated by the confint() function has been adjusted in general to make the formatting more consistent across the different model types

  • for objects of class rma.mv, profile() now provides profile plots for all (non-fixed) variance and correlation components of the model when no component is specified by the user (via the sigma2, tau2, rho, gamma2, or phi arguments)

  • for measure="MD" and measure="ROM", one can now choose between vtype="LS" (the default) and vtype="HO"; the former computes the sampling variances without assuming homoscedasticity, while the latter assumes homoscedasticity

  • multiple model objects can now be passed to the fitstats(), AIC(), and BIC() functions

  • check for duplicates in the slab argument is now done after any subsetting is done (as suggested by Michael Dewey)

  • rma.glmm() now again works when using add=0, in which case some of the observed outcomes (e.g., log odds or log odds ratios) may be NA

  • when using rma.glmm() with model="CM.EL", the saturated model (used to compute the Wald-type and likelihood ratio tests for the presence of (residual) heterogeneity) often fails to converge; the function now continues to run (instead of stopping with an error) and simply omits the test results from the output

  • when using rma.glmm() with model="CM.EL" and inversion of the Hessian fails via the Choleski factorization, the function now makes another attempt via the QR decomposition (even when this works, a warning is issued)

  • for rma.glmm(), BIC and AICc values were switched around; corrected

  • more use of suppressWarnings() is made when functions repeatedly need to fit the same model, such as cumul(), influence(), and profile(); that way, one does not get inundated with the same warning(s)

  • some (overdue) updates to the documentation

metafor 1.9-7 (2015-05-22) 2015-05-22

  • default optimizer for rma.mv() changed to nlminb() (instead of optim() with "Nelder-Mead"); extensive testing indicated that nlminb() (and also optim() with "BFGS") is typically quicker and more robust; note that this is in principle a non-backwards compatible change, but really a necessary one; and you can always revert to the old behavior with control=list(optimizer="optim", optmethod="Nelder-Mead")

  • all tests have been updated in accordance with the recommended syntax of the testthat package; for example, expect_equivalent(x,y) is used instead of test_that(x, is_equivalent_to(y))

  • changed a few is_identical_to() comparisons to expect_equivalent() ones (that failed on Sparc Solaris)

metafor 1.9-6 (2015-05-07) 2015-05-07

  • funnel() now works again for rma.glmm objects (note to self: quit breaking things that work!)

  • rma.glmm() will now only issue a warning (and not an error) when the Hessian for the saturated model cannot be inverted (which is needed to compute the Wald-type test for heterogeneity, so the test statistic is then simply set to NA)

  • rma.mv() now allows for two terms of the form ~ inner | outer; the variance components corresponding to such a structure are called gamma2 and correlations are called phi; other functions that work with objects of class rma.mv have been updated accordingly

  • rma.mv() now provides (even) more optimizer choices: nlm() from the stats package, hjk() and nmk() from the dfoptim package, and ucminf() from the ucminf package; choose the desired optimizer via the control argument (e.g., control=list(optimizer="nlm"))

  • profile.rma.uni() and profile.rma.mv() now can do parallel processing (which is especially relevant for rma.mv objects, where profiling is crucial and model fitting can be slow)

  • the various confint() functions now have a transf argument (to apply some kind of transformation to the model coefficients and confidence interval bounds); coefficients and bounds for objects of class rma.mh and rma.peto are no longer automatically transformed

  • the various forest() functions no longer enforce that the actual x-axis limits (alim) encompass the observed outcomes to be plotted; also, outcomes below or above the actual x-axis limits are no longer shown

  • the various forest() functions now provide control over the horizontal lines (at the top/bottom) that are automatically added to the plot via the lty argument (this also allows for removing them); also, the vertical reference line is now placed behind the points/CIs

  • forest.default() now has argument col which can be used to specify the color(s) to be used for drawing the study labels, points, CIs, and annotations

  • the efac argument for forest.rma() now also allows two values, the first for the arrows and CI limits, the second for summary estimates

  • corrected some axis labels in various plots when measure="PLO"

  • axes in labbe() plots now have "(Group 1)" and "(Group 2)" added by default

  • anova.rma() gains argument L for specifying linear combinations of the coefficients in the model that should be tested to be zero

  • in case removal of a row of data would lead to one or more inestimable model coefficients, baujat(), cooks.distance(), dfbetas(), influence(), and rstudent() could fail for rma.uni objects; such cases are now handled properly

  • for models with moderators, the predict() function now shows the study labels when they have been specified by the user (and newmods is not used)

  • if there is only one fixed effect (model coefficient) in the model, the print.infl.rma.uni() function now shows the DFBETAS values with the other case diagnostics in a single table (for easier inspection); if there is more than one fixed effect, a separate table is still used for the DFBETAS values (with one column for each coefficient)

  • added measure="SMCRH" to the escalc() function for the standardized mean change using raw score standardization with heteroscedastic population variances at the two measurement occasions

  • added measure="ROMC" to the escalc() function for the (log transformed) ratio of means (response ratio) when the means reflect two measurement occasions (e.g., for a single group of people) and hence are correlated

  • added own function for computing/estimating the tetrachoric correlation coefficient (for measure="RTET"); package therefore no longer suggests polycor but now suggest mvtnorm (which is loaded as needed)

  • element fill returned by trimfill.rma.uni() is now a logical vector (instead of a 0/1 dummy variable)

  • print.list.rma() now also returns the printed results invisibly as a data frame

  • added a new dataset (dat.senn2013) as another illustration of a network meta-analysis

  • metafor now depends on at least version 3.1.0 of R

metafor 1.9-5 (2014-11-24) 2014-11-24

  • moved the stats and Matrix packages from Depends to Imports; as a result, had to add utils to Imports; moved the Formula package from Depends to Suggests

  • added update.rma() function (for updating/refitting a model); model objects also now store and keep the call

  • the vcov() function now also extracts the marginal variance-covariance matrix of the observed effect sizes or outcomes from a fitted model (of class rma.uni or rma.mv)

  • rma.mv() now makes use of the Cholesky decomposition when there is a random = ~ inner | outer formula and struct="UN"; this is numerically more stable than the old approach that avoided non-positive definite solutions by forcing the log-likelihood to be -Inf in those cases; the old behavior can be restored with control = list(cholesky=FALSE)

  • rma.mv() now requires the inner variable in an ~ inner | outer formula to be a factor or character variable (except when struct is "AR" or "HAR"); use ~ factor(inner) | outer in case it isn’t

  • anova.rma.uni() function changed to anova.rma() that works now for both rma.uni and rma.mv objects

  • the profile.rma.mv() function now omits the number of the variance or correlation component from the plot title and x-axis label when the model only includes one of the respective parameters

  • profile() functions now pass on the ... argument also to the title() function used to create the figure titles (esp. relevant when using the cex.main argument)

  • the drop00 argument of the rma.mh() and rma.peto() functions now also accepts a vector with two logicals, the first applies when calculating the observed outcomes, the second when applying the Mantel-Haenszel or Peto’s method

  • weights.rma.uni() now shows the correct weights when weighted=FALSE

  • argument showweight renamed to showweights in the forest.default() and forest.rma() functions (more consistent with the naming of the various weights() functions)

  • added model.matrix.rma() function (to extract the model matrix from objects of class rma)

  • funnel() and radial() now (invisibly) return data frames with the coordinates of the points that were drawn (may be useful for manual labeling of points in the plots)

  • permutest.rma.uni() function now uses a numerical tolerance when making comparisons (>= or <=) between an observed test statistic and the test statistic under the permuted data; when using random permutations, the function now ensures that the very first permutation correspond to the original data

  • corrected some missing/redundant row/column labels in some output

  • most require() calls replaced with requireNamespace() to avoid altering the search path (hopefully this won’t break stuff …)

  • some non-visible changes including more use of some (non-exported) helper functions for common tasks

  • dataset dat.collins91985a updated (including all reported outcomes and some more information about the various trials)

  • oh, and guess what? I updated the documentation …

metafor 1.9-4 (2014-07-30) 2014-07-30

  • added method="GENQ" to rma.uni() for the generalized Q-statistic estimator of tau^2, which allows for used-defined weights (note: the DL and HE estimators are just special cases of this method)

  • when the model was fitted with method="GENQ", then confint() will now use the generalized Q-statistic method to construct the corresponding confidence interval for tau^2 (thanks to Dan Jackson for the code); the iterative method used to obtain the CI makes use of Farebrother’s algorithm as implemented in the CompQuadForm package

  • slight improvements in how the rma.uni() function handles non-positive sampling variances

  • rma.uni(), rma.mv(), and rma.glmm() now try to detect and remove any redundant predictors before the model fitting; therefore, if there are exact linear relationships among the predictor variables (i.e., perfect multicollinearity), terms are removed to obtain a set of predictors that is no longer perfectly multicollinear (a warning is issued when this happens); note that the order of how the variables are specified in the model formula can influence which terms are removed

  • the last update introduced an error in how hat values were computed when the model was fitted with the rma() function using the Knapp & Hartung method (i.e., when knha=TRUE); this has been fixed

  • regtest() no longer works (for now) with rma.mv objects (it wasn’t meant to in the first place); if you want to run something along the same lines, just consider adding some measure of the precision of the observed outcomes (e.g., their standard errors) as a predictor to the model

  • added "sqrtni" and "sqrtninv" as possible options for the predictor argument of regtest()

  • more optimizers are now available for the rma.mv() function via the nloptr package by setting control = list(optimizer="nloptr"); when using this optimizer, the default is to use the BOBYQA implementation from that package with a relative convergence criterion of 1e-8 on the function value (see documentation on how to change these defaults)

  • predict.rma() function now works for rma.mv objects with multiple tau^2 values even if the user specifies the newmods argument but not the tau2.levels argument (but a warning is issued and the credibility/prediction intervals are not computed)

  • argument var.names now works properly in escalc() when the user has not made use of the data argument (thanks to Jarrett Byrnes for bringing this to my attention)

  • added plot() function for cumulative random-effects models results as obtained with the cumul.rma.uni() function; the plot shows the model estimate on the x-axis and the corresponding tau^2 estimate on the y-axis in the cumulative order of the results

  • fixed the omitted offset term in the underlying model fitted by the rma.glmm() function when method="ML", measure="IRR", and model="UM.FS", that is, when fitting a mixed-effects Poisson regression model with fixed study effects to two-group event count data (thanks to Peter Konings for pointing out this error)

  • added two new datasets (dat.bourassa1996, dat.riley2003)

  • added function replmiss() (just a useful helper function)

  • package now uses LazyData: TRUE

  • some improvements to the documentation (do I still need to mention this every time?)

metafor 1.9-3 (2014-05-05) 2014-05-05

  • some minor tweaks to rma.uni() that should be user transparent

  • rma.uni() now has a weights argument, allowing the user to specify arbitrary user-defined weights; all functions affected by this have been updated accordingly

  • better handling of mismatched length of yi and ni vectors in rma.uni() and rma.mv() functions

  • subsetting is now handled as early as possible within functions with subsetting capabilities; this avoids some (rare) cases where studies ultimately excluded by the subsetting could still affect the results

  • some general tweaks to rma.mv() that should make it a bit faster

  • argument V of rma.mv() now also accepts a list of var-cov matrices for the observed effects or outcomes; from the list elements, the full (block diagonal) var-cov matrix V is then automatically constructed

  • rma.mv() now has a new argument W allowing the user to specify arbitrary user-defined weights or an arbitrary weight matrix

  • rma.mv() now has a new argument sparse; by setting this to TRUE, the function uses sparse matrix objects to the extent possible; this can speed up model fitting substantially for certain models (hence, the metafor package now depends on the Matrix package)

  • rma.mv() now allows for struct="AR" and struct="HAR", to fit models with (heteroscedastic) autoregressive (AR1) structures among the true effects (useful for meta-analyses of studies reporting outcomes at multiple time points)

  • rma.mv() now has a new argument Rscale which can be used to control how matrices specified via the R argument are scaled (see docs for more details)

  • rma.mv() now only checks for missing values in the rows of the lower triangular part of the V matrix (including the diagonal); this way, if Vi = matrix(c(.5,NA,NA,NA), nrow=2, ncol=2) is the var-cov matrix of the sampling errors for a particular study with two outcomes, then only the second row/column needs to be removed before the model fitting (and not the entire study)

  • added five new datasets (dat.begg1989, dat.ishak2007, dat.fine1993, dat.konstantopoulos2011, and dat.hasselblad1998) to provide further illustrations of the use of the rma.mv() function (for meta-analyses combining controlled and uncontrolled studies, for meta-analyses of longitudinal studies, for multilevel meta-analyses, and for network meta-analyses / mixed treatment comparison meta-analyses)

  • added rstandard.rma.mv() function to compute standardized residuals for models fitted with the rma.mv() function (rstudent.rma.mv() to be added at a later point); also added hatvalues.rma.mv() for computing the hat values and weights.rma.uni() for computing the weights (i.e., the diagonal elements of the weight matrix)

  • the various weights() functions now have a new argument type to indicate whether only the diagonal elements of the weight matrix (default) or the entire weight matrix should be returned

  • the various hatvalues() functions now have a new argument type to indicate whether only the diagonal elements of the hat matrix (default) or the entire hat matrix should be returned

  • predict.rma() function now works properly for rma.mv objects (also has a new argument tau2.levels to specify, where applicable, the levels of the inner factor when computing credibility/prediction intervals)

  • forest.rma() function now provides a bit more control over the color of the summary polygon and is now compatible with rma.mv objects; also, has a new argument lty, which provides more control over the line type for the individual CIs and the credibility interval

  • addpoly.default() and addpoly.rma() now have a border argument (for consistency with the forest.rma() function); addpoly.rma() now yields the correct CI bounds when the model was fitted with knha=TRUE

  • forest.cumul.rma() now provides the correct CI bounds when the models were fitted with the Knapp & Hartung method (i.e., when knha=TRUE in the original rma() function call)

  • the various forest() functions now return information about the chosen values for arguments xlim, alim, at, ylim, rows, cex, cex.lab, and cex.axis invisibly (useful for tweaking the default values); thanks to Michael Dewey for the suggestion

  • the various forest() functions now have a new argument, clim, to set limits for the confidence/credibility/prediction interval bounds

  • cumul.mh() and cumul.peto() now get the order of the studies right when there are missing values in the data

  • the transf argument of leave1out.rma.mh(), leave1out.rma.peto(), cumul.rma.mh(), and cumul.rma.peto() should now be used to specify the actual function for the transformation (the former behavior of setting this argument to TRUE to exponentiate log RRs, log ORs, or log IRRs still works for back-compatibility); this is more consistent with how the cumul.rma.uni() and leave1out.rma.uni() functions work and is also more flexible

  • added bldiag() function to construct a block diagonal matrix from (a list of) matrices (may be needed to construct the V matrix when using the rma.mv() function); bdiag() function from the Matrix package does the same thing, but creates sparse matrix objects

  • profile.rma.mv() now has a startmethod argument; by setting this to "prev", successive model fits are started at the parameter estimates from the previous model fit; this may speed things up a bit; also, the method for automatically choosing the xlim values has been changed

  • slight improvement to profile.rma.mv() function, which would throw an error if the last model fit did not converge

  • added a new dataset (dat.linde2005) for replication of the analyses in Viechtbauer (2007)

  • added a new dataset (dat.molloy2014) for illustrating the meta-analysis of (r-to-z transformed) correlation coefficients

  • added a new dataset (dat.gibson2002) to illustrate the combined analysis of standardized mean differences and probit transformed risk differences

  • computations in weights.mh() slightly changed to prevent integer overflows for large counts

  • unnecessary warnings in transf.ipft.hm() are now suppressed (cases that raised those warnings were already handled correctly)

  • in predict(), blup(), cumul(), and leave1out(), when using the transf argument, the standard errors (which are NA) are no longer shown in the output

  • argument slab in various functions will now also accept non-unique study labels; make.unique() is used as needed to make them unique

  • vignettes("metafor") and vignettes("metafor_diagram") work again (yes, I know they are not true vignettes in the strict sense, but I think they should show up on the CRAN website for the package and using a minimal valid Sweave document that is recognized by the R build system makes that happen)

  • escalc() and its summary() method now keep better track when the data frame contains multiple columns with outcome or effect size values (and corresponding sampling variances) for print formatting; also simplified the class structure a bit (and hence, print.summary.escalc() removed)

  • summary.escalc() has a new argument H0 to specify the value of the outcome under the null hypothesis for computing the test statistics

  • added measures "OR2DN" and "D2ORN" to escalc() for transforming log odds ratios to standardized mean differences and vice-versa, based on the method of Cox & Snell (1989), which assumes normally distributed response variables within the two groups before the dichotomization

  • permutest.rma.uni() function now catches an error when the number of permutations requested is too large (for R to even create the objects to store the results in) and produces a proper error message

  • funnel.rma() function now allows the yaxis argument to be set to "wi" so that the actual weights (in %) are placed on the y-axis (useful when arbitrary user-defined have been specified)

  • for rma.glmm(), the control argument optCtrl is now used for passing control arguments to all of the optimizers (hence, control arguments nlminbCtrl and minqaCtrl are now defunct)

  • rma.glmm() should not throw an error anymore when including only a single moderator/predictor in the model

  • predict.rma() now returns an object of class list.rma (therefore, function print.predict.rma() has been removed)

  • for rma.list objects, added [, head(), and tail() methods

  • automated testing using the testthat package (still many more tests to add, but finally made a start on this)

  • encoding changed to UTF-8 (to use ‘foreign characters’ in the docs and to make the HTML help files look a bit nicer)

  • guess what? some improvements to the documentation! (also combined some of the help files to reduce the size of the manual a bit; and yes, it’s still way too big)

metafor 1.9-2 (2013-10-07) 2013-10-07

  • added function rma.mv() to fit multivariate/multilevel meta-analytic models via appropriate linear (mixed-effects) models; this function allows for modeling of non-independent sampling errors and/or true effects and can be used for network meta-analyses, meta-analyses accounting for phylogenetic relatedness, and other complicated meta-analytic data structures

  • added the AICc to the information criteria computed by the various model fitting functions

  • if the value of tau^2 is fixed by the user via the corresponding argument in rma.uni(), then tau^2 is no longer counted as an additional parameter for the computation of the information criteria (i.e., AIC, BIC, and AICc)

  • rma.uni(), rma.glmm(), and rma.mv() now use a more stringent check whether the model matrix is of full rank

  • added profile() method functions for objects of class rma.uni and rma.mv (can be used to obtain a plot of the profiled log-likelihood as a function of a specific variance component or correlation parameter of the model)

  • predict.rma() function now has an intercept argument that allows the user to decide whether the intercept term should be included when calculating the predicted values (rare that this should be changed from the default)

  • for rma.uni(), rma.glmm(), and rma.mv(), the control argument can now also accept an integer value; values > 1 generate more verbose output about the progress inside of the function

  • rma.glmm() has been updated to work with lme4 1.0.x for fitting various models; as a result, model="UM.RS" can only use nAGQ=1 at the moment (hopefully this will change in the future)

  • the control argument of rma.glmm() can now be used to pass all desired control arguments to the various functions and optimizers used for the model fitting (admittedly the use of lists within this argument is a bit unwieldy, but much more flexible)

  • rma.mh() and rma.peto() also now have a verbose argument (not really needed, but added for sake of consistency across functions)

  • fixed (silly) error that would prevent rma.glmm() from running for measures "IRR", "PLO", and "IRLN" when there are missing values in the data (lesson: add some missing values to datasets for the unit tests!)

  • a bit of code reorganization (should be user transparent)

  • vignettes ("metafor" and "metafor_diagram") are now just ‘other files’ in the doc directory (as these were not true vignettes to begin with)

  • some improvements to the documentation (as always)

metafor 1.9-1 (2013-07-20) 2013-07-20

  • rma.mh() now also implements the Mantel-Haenszel method for incidence rate differences (measure="IRD")

  • when analyzing incidence rate ratios (measure="IRR") with the rma.mh() function, the Mantel-Haenszel test for person-time data is now also provided

  • rma.mh() has a new argument correct (default is TRUE) to indicate whether the continuity correction should be applied when computing the (Cochran-)Mantel-Haenszel test statistic

  • renamed elements CMH and CMHp (for the Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel test statistic and corresponding p-value) to MH and MHp

  • added function baujat() to create Baujat plots

  • added a new dataset (dat.pignon2000) to illustrate the use of the baujat() function

  • added function to.table() to convert data from vector format into the corresponding table format

  • added function to.long() to convert data from vector format into the corresponding long format

  • rma.glmm() now even runs when k=1 (yielding trivial results)

  • for models with an intercept and moderators, rma.glmm() now internally rescales (non-dummy) variables to z-scores during the model fitting (this improves the stability of the model fitting, especially when model="CM.EL"); results are given after back-scaling, so this should be transparent to the user

  • in rma.glmm(), default number of quadrature points (nAGQ) is now 7 (setting this to 100 was a bit overkill)

  • a few more error checks here and there for misspecified arguments

  • some improvements to the documentation

metafor 1.9-0 (2013-06-21) 2013-06-21

  • vignette renamed to metafor so vignette("metafor") works now

  • added a diagram to the documentation, showing the various functions in the metafor package (and how they relate to each other); can be loaded with vignette("metafor_diagram")

  • anova.rma.uni() function can now also be used to test (sub)sets of model coefficients with a Wald-type test when a single model is passed to the function

  • the pseudo R^2 statistic is now automatically calculated by the rma.uni() function and supplied in the output (only for mixed-effects models and when the model includes an intercept, so that the random- effects model is clearly nested within the mixed-effects model)

  • component VAF is now called R2 in anova.rma.uni() function

  • added function hc() that carries out a random-effects model analysis using the method by Henmi and Copas (2010); thanks to Michael Dewey for the suggestion and providing the code

  • added new dataset (dat.lee2004), which was used in the article by Henmi and Copas (2010) to illustrate their method

  • fixed missing x-axis labels in the forest() functions

  • rma.glmm() now computes Hessian matrices via the numDeriv package when model="CM.EL" and measure="OR" (i.e., for the conditional logistic model with exact likelihood); so numDeriv is now a suggested package and is loaded within rma.glmm() when required

  • trimfill.rma.uni() now also implements the "Q0" estimator (although the "L0" and "R0" estimators are generally to be preferred)

  • trimfill.rma.uni() now also calculates the SE of the estimated number of missing studies and, for estimator "R0", provides a formal test of the null hypothesis that the number of missing studies on a given side is zero

  • added new dataset (dat.bangertdrowns2004)

  • the level argument in various functions now either accepts a value representing a percentage or a proportion (values greater than 1 are assumed to be a percentage)

  • summary.escalc() now computes confidence intervals correctly when using the transf argument

  • computation of Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel statistic in rma.mh() changed slightly to avoid integer overflow with very big counts

  • some internal improvements with respect to object attributes that were getting discarded when subsetting

  • some general code cleanup

  • some improvements to the documentation

metafor 1.8-0 (2013-04-11) 2013-04-11

  • added additional clarifications about the change score outcome measures ("MC", "SMCC", and "SMCR") to the help file for the escalc() function and changed the code so that "SMCR" no longer expects argument sd2i to be specified (which is not needed anyways) (thanks to Markus Kösters for bringing this to my attention)

  • sampling variance for the biserial correlation coefficient ("RBIS") is now calculated in a slightly more accurate way

  • llplot() now properly scales the log-likelihoods

  • argument which in the plot.infl.rma.uni() function has been replaced with argument plotinf which can now also be set to FALSE to suppress plotting of the various case diagnostics altogether

  • labeling of the axes in labbe() plots is now correct for odds ratios (and transformations thereof)

  • added two new datasets (dat.nielweise2007 and dat.nielweise2008) to illustrate some methods/models from the rma.glmm() function

  • added a new dataset (dat.yusuf1985) to illustrate the use of rma.peto()

  • test for heterogeneity is now conducted by the rma.peto() function exactly as described by Yusuf et al. (1985)

  • in rma.glmm(), default number of quadrature points (nAGQ) is now 100 (which is quite a bit slower, but should provide more than sufficient accuracy in most cases)

  • the standard errors of the HS and DL estimators of tau^2 are now correctly computed when tau^2 is prespecified by the user in the rma() function; in addition, the standard error of the SJ estimator is also now provided when tau^2 is prespecified

  • rma.uni() and rma.glmm() now use a better method to check whether the model matrix is of full rank

  • I^2 and H^2 statistics are now also calculated for mixed-effects models by the rma.uni() and rma.glmm() function; confint.rma.uni() provides the corresponding confidence intervals for rma.uni models

  • various print() methods now have a new argument called signif.stars, which defaults to getOption("show.signif.stars") (which by default is TRUE) to determine whether the infamous ‘significance stars’ should be printed

  • slight changes in wording in the output produced by the print.rma.uni() and print.rma.glmm() functions

  • some improvements to the documentation

metafor 1.7-0 (2013-02-06) 2013-02-06

  • added rma.glmm() function for fitting of appropriate generalized linear (mixed-effects) models when analyzing odds ratios, incidence rate ratios, proportions, or rates; the function makes use of the lme4 and BiasedUrn packages; these are now suggested packages and loaded within rma.glmm() only when required (this makes for faster loading of the metafor package)

  • added several method functions for objects of class rma.glmm (not all methods yet implemented; to be completed in the future)

  • rma.uni() now allows the user to specify a formula for the yi argument, so instead of rma(yi, vi, mods=~mod1+mod2), one can specify the same model with rma(yi~mod1+mod2, vi)

  • rma.uni() now has a weights argument to specify the inverse of the sampling variances (instead of using the vi or sei arguments); for now, this is all this argument should be used for (in the future, this argument may potentially be used to allow the user to define alternative weights)

  • rma.uni() now checks whether the model matrix is not of full rank and issues an error accordingly (instead of the rather cryptic error that was issued before)

  • rma.uni() now has a verbose argument

  • coef.rma() now returns only the model coefficients (this change was necessary to make the package compatible with the multcomp package; see help(rma) for an example); use coef(summary()) to obtain the full table of results

  • the escalc() function now does some more extensive error checking for misspecified data and some unusual cases

  • append argument is now TRUE by default in the escalc() function

  • objects generated by the escalc() function now have their own class

  • added print() and summary() methods for objects of class escalc

  • added [ and cbind() methods for objects of class escalc

  • added a few additional arguments to the escalc() function (i.e., slab, subset, var.names, replace, digits)

  • added drop00 argument to the escalc(), rma.uni(), rma.mh(), and rma.peto() functions

  • added "MN", "MC", "SMCC", and "SMCR" measures to the escalc() and rma.uni() functions for the raw mean, the raw mean change, and the standardized mean change (with change score or raw score standardization) as possible outcome measures

  • the "IRFT" measure in the escalc() and rma.uni() functions is now computed with 1/2*(sqrt(xi/ti) + sqrt(xi/ti+1/ti)) which is more consistent with the definition of the Freeman-Tukey transformation for proportions

  • added "RTET" measure to the escalc() and rma.uni() functions to compute the tetrachoric correlation coefficient based on 2x2 table data (the polycor package is therefore now a suggested package, which is loaded within escalc() only when required)

  • added "RPB" and "RBIS" measures to the escalc() and rma.uni() functions to compute the point-biserial and biserial correlation coefficient based on means and standard deviations

  • added "PBIT" and "OR2D" measures to the escalc() and rma.uni() functions to compute the standardized mean difference based on 2x2 table data

  • added the "D2OR" measure to the escalc() and rma.uni() functions to compute the log odds ratio based on the standardized mean difference

  • added "SMDH" measure to the escalc() and rma.uni() functions to compute the standardized mean difference without assuming equal population variances

  • added "ARAW", "AHW", and "ABT" measures to the escalc() and rma.uni() functions for the raw value of Cronbach’s alpha, the transformation suggested by Hakstian & Whalen (1976), and the transformation suggested by Bonett (2002) for the meta-analysis of reliability coefficients (see help(escalc) for details)

  • corrected a small mistake in the equation used to compute the sampling variance of the phi coefficient (measure="PHI") in the escalc() function

  • the permutest.rma.uni() function now uses an algorithm to find only the unique permutations of the model matrix (which may be much smaller than the total number of permutations), making the exact permutation test feasible in a larger set of circumstances (thanks to John Hodgson for making me aware of this issue and to Hans-Jörg Viechtbauer for coming up with a recursive algorithm for finding the unique permutations)

  • credibility interval in forest.rma() is now indicated with a dotted (instead of a dashed) line; ends of the interval are now marked with vertical bars

  • completely rewrote the funnel.rma() function which now supports many more options for the values to put on the y-axis; trimfill.rma.uni() function was adapted accordingly

  • removed the ni argument from the regtest.rma() function; instead, sample sizes can now be explicitly specified via the ni argument when using the rma.uni() function (i.e., when measure="GEN"); the escalc() function also now adds information on the ni values to the resulting data frame (as an attribute of the yi variable), so, if possible, this information is passed on to regtest.rma()

  • added switch so that regtest() can also provide the full results from the fitted model (thanks to Michael Dewey for the suggestion)

  • weights.rma.mh() now shows the weights in % as intended (thanks to Gavin Stewart for pointing out this error)

  • more flexible handling of the digits argument in the various forest functions

  • forest functions now use pretty() by default to set the x-axis tick locations (alim and at arguments can still be used for complete control)

  • studies that are considered to be ‘influential’ are now marked with an asterisk when printing the results returned by the influence.rma.uni() function (see the documentation of this function for details on how such studies are identified)

  • added additional extractor functions for some of the influence measures (i.e., cooks.distance(), dfbetas()); unfortunately, the covratio() and dffits() functions in the stats package are not generic; so, to avoid masking, there are currently no extractor functions for these measures

  • better handling of missing values in some unusual situations

  • corrected small bug in fsn() that would not allow the user to specify the standard errors instead of the sampling variances (thanks to Bernd Weiss for pointing this out)

  • plot.infl.rma.uni() function now allows the user to specify which plots to draw (and the layout) and adds the option to show study labels on the x-axis

  • added proper print() method for objects generated by the confint.rma.uni(), confint.mh(), and confint.peto() functions

  • when transf or atransf argument was a monotonically decreasing function, then confidence, prediction, and credibility interval bounds were in reversed order; various functions now check for this and order the bounds correctly

  • trimfill.rma.uni() now only prints information about the number of imputed studies when actually printing the model object

  • qqnorm.rma.uni(), qqnorm.rma.mh(), and qqnorm.rma.peto() functions now have a new argument called label, which allows for labeling of points; the functions also now return (invisibly) the x and y coordinates of the points drawn

  • rma.mh() with measure="RD" now computes the standard error of the estimated risk difference based on Sato, Greenland, & Robins (1989), which provides a consistent estimate under both large-stratum and sparse-data limiting models

  • the restricted maximum likelihood (REML) is now calculated using the full likelihood equation (without leaving out additive constants)

  • the model deviance is now calculated as -2 times the difference between the model log-likelihood and the log-likelihood under the saturated model (this is a more appropriate definition of the deviance than just taking -2 times the model log-likelihood)

  • naming scheme of illustrative datasets bundled with the package has been changed; now datasets are called <dat.authoryear>; therefore, the datasets are now called (old name -> new name):
    • dat.bcg -> dat.colditz1994
    • dat.warfarin -> dat.hart1999
    • dat.los -> dat.normand1999
    • dat.co2 -> dat.curtis1998
    • dat.empint -> dat.mcdaniel1994
  • but dat.bcg has been kept as an alias for dat.colditz1994, as it has been referenced under that name in some publications

  • added new dataset (dat.pritz1997) to illustrate the meta-analysis of proportions (raw values and transformations thereof)

  • added new dataset (dat.bonett2010) to illustrate the meta-analysis of Cronbach’s alpha values (raw values and transformations thereof)

  • added new datasets (dat.hackshaw1998, dat.raudenbush1985)

  • (approximate) standard error of the tau^2 estimate is now computed and shown for most of the (residual) heterogeneity estimators

  • added nobs() and df.residual() methods for objects of class rma

  • metafor.news() is now simply a wrapper for news(package="metafor")

  • the package code is now byte-compiled, which yields some modest increases in execution speed

  • some general code cleanup

  • the metafor package no longer depends on the nlme package

  • some improvements to the documentation

metafor 1.6-0 (2011-04-13) 2011-04-13

  • trimfill.rma.uni() now returns a proper object even when the number of missing studies is estimated to be zero

  • added the (log transformed) ratio of means as a possible outcome measure to the escalc() and rma.uni() functions (measure="ROM")

  • added new dataset (dat.co2) to illustrate the use of the ratio of means outcome measure

  • some additional error checking in the various forest functions (especially when using the ilab argument)

  • in labbe.rma(), the solid and dashed lines are now drawn behind (and not on top of) the points

  • slight change to transf.ipft.hm() so that missing values in targs$ni are ignored

  • some improvements to the documentation

metafor 1.5-0 (2010-12-16) 2010-12-16

  • the metafor package now has its own project website at: http://www.metafor-project.org/

  • added labbe() function to create L’Abbe plots

  • the forest.default() and addpoly.default() functions now allow the user to directly specify the lower and upper confidence interval bounds (this can be useful when the CI bounds have been calculated with other methods/functions)

  • added the incidence rate for a single group and for two groups (and transformations thereof) as possible outcome measures to the escalc() and rma.uni() functions (measure="IRR", "IRD", "IRSD", "IR", "IRLN", "IRS", and "IRFT")

  • added the incidence rate ratio as a possible outcome measure to the rma.mh() function

  • added transformation functions related to incidence rates

  • added the Freeman-Tukey double arcsine transformation and its inverse to the transformation functions

  • added some additional error checking for out-of-range p-values in the permutest.rma.uni() function

  • added some additional checking for out-of-range values in several transformation functions

  • added confint() methods for rma.mh and rma.peto objects (only for completeness sake; print already provides CIs)

  • added new datasets (dat.warfarin, dat.los, dat.empint)

  • some improvements to the documentation

metafor 1.4-0 (2010-07-30) 2010-07-30

  • a papar about the package has now been published in the Journal of Statistical Software (http://www.jstatsoft.org/v36/i03/)

  • added citation info; see: citation("metafor")

  • the metafor package now depends on the nlme package

  • added extractor functions for the AIC, BIC, and deviance

  • some updates to the documentation

metafor 1.3-0 (2010-06-25) 2010-06-25

  • the metafor package now depends on the Formula package

  • made escalc() generic and implemented a default and a formula interface

  • added the (inverse) arcsine transformation to the set of transformation functions

metafor 1.2-0 (2010-05-18) Unreleased

  • cases where k is very small (e.g., k equal to 1 or 2) are now handled more gracefully

  • added sanity check for cases where all observed outcomes are equal to each other (this led to division by zero when using the Knapp & Hartung method)

  • the “smarter way to set the number of iterations for permutation tests” (see notes for previous version below) now actually works like it is supposed to

  • the permutest.rma.uni() function now provides more sensible results when k is very small; the documentation for the function has also been updated with some notes about the use of permutation tests under those circumstances

  • made some general improvements to the various forest plot functions making them more flexible in particular when creating more complex displays; most importantly, added a rows argument and removed the addrows argument

  • some additional examples have been added to the help files for the forest and addpoly functions to demonstrate how to create more complex displays with these functions

  • added showweight argument to the forest.default() and forest.rma() functions

  • cumul() functions not showing all of the output columns when using fixed-effects models has been corrected

  • weights.rma.uni() function now handles NAs appropriately

  • weights.rma.mh() and weights.rma.peto() functions added

  • logLik.rma() function now behaves more like other logLik() functions (such as logLik.lm() and logLik.lme())

metafor 1.1-0 (2010-04-28) 2010-04-28

  • cint() generic removed and replaced with confint() method for objects of class rma.uni

  • slightly improved the code to set the x-axis title in the forest() and funnel() functions

  • added coef() method for permutest.rma.uni objects

  • added append argument to escalc() function

  • implemented a smarter way to set the number of iterations for permutation tests (i.e., the permutest.rma.uni() function will now switch to an exact test if the number of iterations required for an exact test is actually smaller than the requested number of iterations for an approximate test)

  • changed the way how p-values for individual coefficients are calculated in permutest.rma.uni() to ‘two times the one-tailed area under the permutation distribution’ (more consistent with the way we typically define two-tailed p-values)

  • added retpermdist argument to permutest.rma.uni() to return the permutation distributions of the test statistics

  • slight improvements to the various transformation functions to cope better with some extreme cases

  • p-values are now calculated in such a way that very small p-values stored in fitted model objects are no longer truncated to 0 (the printed results are still truncated depending on the number of digits specified)

  • changed the default number of iterations for the ML, REML, and EB estimators from 50 to 100

metafor 1.0-1 (2010-02-02) 2010-02-02

  • version jump in conjunction with the upcoming publication of a paper in the Journal of Statistical Software describing the metafor package

  • instead of specifying a model matrix, the user can now specify a model formula for the mods argument in the rma() function (e.g., like in the lm() function)

  • permutest() function now allows exact permutation tests (but this is only feasible when k is not too large)

  • forest() function now uses the level argument properly to adjust the CI level of the summary estimate for models without moderators (i.e., for fixed- and random-effets models)

  • forest() function can now also show the credibility interval as a dashed line for a random-effects model

  • information about the measure used is now passed on to the forest() and funnel() functions, which try to set an appropriate x-axis title accordingly

  • funnel() function now has more arguments (e.g., atransf, at) providing more control over the display of the x-axis

  • predict() function now has its own print() method and has a new argument called addx, which adds the values of the moderator variables to the returned object (when addx=TRUE)

  • functions now properly handle the na.action "na.pass" (treated essentially like "na.exclude")

  • added method for weights() to extract the weights used when fitting models with rma.uni()

  • some small improvements to the documentation

metafor 0.5-7 (2009-12-06) 2009-12-06

  • added permutest() function for permutation tests

  • added metafor.news() function to display the NEWS file of the metafor package within R (based on same idea in the animate package by Yihui Xie)

  • added some checks for values below machine precision

  • a bit of code reorganization (nothing that affects how the functions work)

metafor 0.5-6 (2009-10-19) Unreleased

  • small changes to the computation of the DFFITS and DFBETAS values in the influence() function, so that these statistics are more in line with their definitions in regular linear regression models

  • added option to the plot function for objects returned by influence() to allow plotting the covariance ratios on a log scale (now the default)

  • slight adjustments to various print() functions (to catch some errors when certain values were NA)

  • added a control option to rma() to adjust the step length of the Fisher scoring algorithm by a constant factor (this may be useful when the algorithm does not converge)

metafor 0.5-5 (2009-10-08) 2009-10-08

  • added the phi coefficient (measure="PHI"), Yule’s Q ("YUQ"), and Yule’s Y ("YUY") as additional measures to the escalc() function for 2x2 table data

  • forest plots now order the studies so that the first study is at the top of the plot and the last study at the bottom (the order can still be set with the order or subset argument)

  • added cumul() function for cumulative meta-analyses (with a corresponding forest() method to plot the cumulative results)

  • added leave1out() function for leave-one-out diagnostics

  • added option to qqnorm.rma.uni() so that the user can choose whether to apply the Bonferroni correction to the bounds of the pseudo confidence envelope

  • some internal changes to the class and methods names

  • some small corrections to the documentation

metafor 0.5-4 (2009-09-18) 2009-09-18

  • corrected the trimfill() function

  • improvements to various print functions

  • added a regtest() function for various regression tests of funnel plot asymmetry (e.g., Egger’s regression test)

  • made ranktest() generic and added a method for objects of class rma so that the test can be carried out after fitting

  • added anova() function for full vs reduced model comparisons via fit statistics and likelihood ratio tests

  • added the Orwin and Rosenberg approaches to fsn()

  • added H^2 measure to the output for random-effects models

  • in escalc(), measure="COR" is now used for the (usual) raw correlation coefficient and measure="UCOR" for the bias corrected correlation coefficients

  • some small corrections to the documentation

metafor 0.5-3 (2009-07-31) 2009-07-31

  • small changes to some of the examples

  • added the log transformed proportion (measure="PLN") as another measure to the escalc() function; changed "PL" to "PLO" for the logit (i.e., log odds) transformation for proportions

metafor 0.5-2 (2009-07-06) Unreleased

  • added an option in plot.infl.rma.uni() to open a new device for plotting the DFBETAS values

  • thanks to Jim Lemon, added a much better method for adjusting the size of the labels, annotations, and symbols in the forest() function when the number of studies is large

metafor 0.5-1 (2009-06-14) Unreleased

  • made some small changes to the documentation (some typos corrected, some confusing points clarified)

metafor 0.5-0 (2009-06-05) 2009-06-05

  • first version released on CRAN