**bayesplot** is an R package providing an extensive library of plotting functions for use after fitting Bayesian models (typically with MCMC). Currently **bayesplot** offers a variety of plots of posterior draws, visual MCMC diagnostics, as well as graphical posterior predictive checking. Additional functionality (e.g. for forecasting/out-of-sample prediction and other inference-related tasks) will be added in future releases.

The plots created by **bayesplot** are ggplot objects, which means that after a plot is created it can be further customized using the various functions for modifying ggplot objects provided by the **ggplot2** package.

The idea behind **bayesplot** is not only to provide convenient functionality for users, but also a common set of functions that can be easily used by developers working on a variety of packages for Bayesian modeling, particularly (but not necessarily) those powered by **rstan**.

Install from **CRAN**:

`install.packages("bayesplot")`

Install latest development version from **GitHub** (requires devtools package):

```
if (!require("devtools"))
install.packages("devtools")
devtools::install_github("stan-dev/bayesplot", dependencies = TRUE, build_vignettes = TRUE)
```

If you are not using the RStudio IDE and you get an error related to “pandoc” you will either need to remove the argument `build_vignettes=TRUE`

(to avoid building the vignettes) or install pandoc (e.g., `brew install pandoc`

) and probably also pandoc-citeproc (e.g., `brew install pandoc-citeproc`

). If you have the `rmarkdown`

R package installed then you can check if you have pandoc by running the following in R:

`rmarkdown::pandoc_available()`

Some quick examples using MCMC draws obtained from the **rstanarm** and **rstan** packages.

```
library("bayesplot")
library("rstanarm")
library("ggplot2")
fit <- stan_glm(mpg ~ ., data = mtcars)
posterior <- as.matrix(fit)
plot_title <- ggtitle("Posterior distributions",
"with medians and 80% intervals")
mcmc_areas(posterior,
pars = c("cyl", "drat", "am", "wt"),
prob = 0.8) + plot_title
```

```
color_scheme_set("red")
ppc_dens_overlay(y = fit$y,
yrep = posterior_predict(fit, draws = 50))
```

```
# also works nicely with piping
library("dplyr")
color_scheme_set("brightblue")
fit %>%
posterior_predict(draws = 500) %>%
ppc_stat_grouped(y = mtcars$mpg,
group = mtcars$carb,
stat = "median")
```

```
# with rstan demo model
library("rstan")
fit2 <- stan_demo("eight_schools", warmup = 300, iter = 700)
posterior2 <- extract(fit2, inc_warmup = TRUE, permuted = FALSE)
color_scheme_set("mix-blue-pink")
p <- mcmc_trace(posterior2, pars = c("mu", "tau"), n_warmup = 300,
facet_args = list(nrow = 2, labeller = label_parsed))
p + facet_text(size = 15)
```

```
color_scheme_set("red")
np <- nuts_params(fit2)
mcmc_nuts_energy(np, merge_chains = FALSE) + ggtitle("NUTS Energy Diagnostic")
```

```
# another example with rstanarm
color_scheme_set("purple")
fit <- stan_glmer(mpg ~ wt + (1|cyl), data = mtcars)
ppc_intervals(
y = mtcars$mpg,
yrep = posterior_predict(fit),
x = mtcars$wt,
prob = 0.5
) +
labs(
x = "Weight (1000 lbs)",
y = "MPG",
title = "50% posterior predictive intervals \nvs observed miles per gallon",
subtitle = "by vehicle weight"
) +
panel_bg(fill = "gray95", color = NA) +
grid_lines(color = "white")
```

- Download from CRAN at

https://cran.r-project.org/package=bayesplot - Report a bug at

https://github.com/stan-dev/bayesplot/issues/

GPL (>= 3)

- Jonah Gabry

Author, maintainer - All authors...