bayesplot 1.7.0 2019-05-23

(GitHub issue/PR numbers in parentheses)

  • The pars argument of all MCMC plotting functions now supports tidy variable selection. See ?"tidy-params" for details and examples. (#161, #183, #188)

  • Two new plots have been added for inspecting the distribution of ranks. Rank histograms were introduced by the Stan team’s new paper on MCMC diagnostics. (#178, #179)

    mcmc_rank_hist(): A traditional traceplot (mcmc_trace()) visualizes how sampled values the MCMC chains mix over the course of sampling. A rank histogram (mcmc_rank_hist()) visualizes how the ranks of values from the chains mix together. An ideal plot would show the ranks mixing or overlapping in a uniform distribution.

    mcmc_rank_overlay(): Instead of drawing each chain’s histogram in a separate panel, this plot draws the top edge of the chains’ histograms in a single panel.

  • Added mcmc_trace_data(), which returns the data used for plotting the trace plots and rank histograms. (Advances #97)

  • ColorBrewer palettes are now available as color schemes via color_scheme_set(). For example, color_scheme_set("brewer-Spectral") will use the Spectral palette. (#177, #190)

  • MCMC plots now also accept objects with an as.array method as input (e.g., stanfit objects). (#175, #184)

  • mcmc_trace() gains an argument iter1 which can be used to label the traceplot starting from the first iteration after warmup. (#14, #155, @mcol)

  • mcmc_areas() gains an argument area_method which controls how to draw the density curves. The default "equal area" constrains the heights so that the curves have the same area. As a result, a narrow interval will appear as a spike of density, while a wide, uncertain interval is spread thin over the x axis. Alternatively "equal height" will set the maximum height on each curve to the same value. This works well when the intervals are about the same width. Otherwise, that wide, uncertain interval will dominate the visual space compared to a narrow, less uncertain interval. A compromise between the two is "scaled height" which scales the curves from "equal height" using height * sqrt(height). (#163, #169)

  • mcmc_areas() correctly plots density curves where the point estimate does not include the highest point of the density curve. (#168, #169, @jtimonen)

  • mcmc_areas_ridges() draws the vertical line at x = 0 over the curves so that it is always visible.

  • mcmc_intervals() and mcmc_areas() raise a warning if prob_outer is ever less than prob. It sorts these two values into the correct order. (#138)

  • MCMC parameter names are now always converted to factors prior to plotting. We use factors so that the order of parameters in a plot matches the order of the parameters in the original MCMC data. This change fixes a case where factor-conversion failed. (#162, #165, @wwiecek)

  • The examples in ?ppc_loo_pit_overlay() now work as expected. (#166, #167)

  • Added "viridisD" as an alternative name for "viridis" to the supported colors.

  • Added "viridisE" (the cividis version of viridis) to the supported colors.

  • ppc_bars() and ppc_bars_grouped() now allow negative integers as input. (#172, @jeffpollock9)

bayesplot 1.6.0 2018-08-02

(GitHub issue/PR numbers in parentheses)

  • Loading bayesplot no longer overrides the ggplot theme! Rather, it sets a theme specific for bayesplot. Some packages using bayesplot may still override the default ggplot theme (e.g., rstanarm does but only until next release), but simply loading bayesplot itself will not. There are new functions for controlling the ggplot theme for bayesplot that work like their ggplot2 counterparts but only affect plots made using bayesplot. Thanks to Malcolm Barrett. (#117, #149).
  • The Visual MCMC Diagnostics vignette has been reorganized and has a lot of useful new content thanks to Martin Modrák. (#144, #153)

  • The LOO predictive checks now require loo version >= 2.0.0. (#139)

  • Histogram plots gain a breaks argument that can be used as an alternative to binwidth. (#148)

  • mcmc_pairs() now has an argument grid_args to provide a way of passing optional arguments to gridExtra::arrangeGrob(). This can be used to add a title to the plot, for example. (#143)

  • ppc_ecdf_overlay() gains an argument discrete, which is FALSE by default, but can be used to make the Geom more appropriate for discrete data. (#145)

  • PPC intervals plots and LOO predictive checks now draw both an outer and an inner probability interval, which can be controlled through the new argument prob_outer and the already existing prob. This is consistent with what is produced by mcmc_intervals(). (#152, #154, @mcol)

bayesplot 1.5.0 2018-03-30

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  • New package documentation website:

  • Two new plots that visualize posterior density using ridgelines. These work well when parameters have similar values and similar densities, as in hierarchical models. (#104)
    • mcmc_dens_chains() draws the kernel density of each sampling chain.
    • mcmc_areas_ridges() draws the kernel density combined across chains.
    • Both functions have a _data() function to return the data plotted by each function.
  • mcmc_intervals() and mcmc_areas() have been rewritten. (#103)
    • They now use a discrete y-axis. Previously, they used a continuous scale with numeric breaks relabelled with parameter names; this design
      caused some unexpected behavior when customizing these plots.
    • mcmc_areas() now uses geoms from the ggridges package to draw density curves.
  • Added mcmc_intervals_data() and mcmc_areas_data() that return data plotted by mcmc_intervals() and mcmc_areas(). (Advances #97)

  • New ppc_data() function returns the data plotted by many of the PPC plotting functions. (Advances #97)

  • Added ppc_loo_pit_overlay() function for a better LOO PIT predictive check. (#123)

  • Started using vdiffr to add visual unit tests to the existing PPC unit tests. (#137)

bayesplot 1.4.0 2017-09-12

(GitHub issue/PR numbers in parentheses)

  • New plotting function mcmc_parcoord() for parallel coordinates plots of MCMC draws (optionally including HMC/NUTS diagnostic information). (#108)

  • mcmc_scatter gains an np argument for specifying NUTS parameters, which allows highlighting divergences in the plot. (#112)

  • New functions with names ending with suffix _data don’t make the plots, they just return the data prepared for plotting (more of these to come in future releases):
  • ppc_stat_grouped(), ppc_stat_freqpoly_grouped() gain a facet_args argument for controlling ggplot2 faceting (many of the mcmc_ functions already have this).

  • The divergences argument to mcmc_trace() has been deprecated in favor of np (NUTS parameters) to match the other functions that have an np argument.

  • Fixed an issue where duplicated rhat values would break mcmc_rhat() (#105).

bayesplot 1.3.0 2017-08-07

(GitHub issue/PR numbers in parentheses)

bayesplot 1.2.0 2017-04-12

A lot of new stuff in this release. (GitHub issue/PR numbers in parentheses)


  • Avoid error in some cases when divergences is specified in call to mcmc_trace() but there are not actually any divergent transitions.

  • The merge_chains argument to mcmc_nuts_energy() now defaults to FALSE.

New features in existing functions

  • For mcmc_*() functions, transformations are recycled if transformations argument is specified as a single function rather than a named list. Thanks to @tklebel. (#64)

  • For ppc_violin_grouped() there is now the option of showing y as a violin, points, or both. Thanks to @silberzwiebel. (#74)

  • color_scheme_get() now has an optional argument i for selecting only a subset of the colors.

  • New color schemes: darkgray, orange, viridis, viridisA, viridisB, viridisC. The viridis schemes are better than the other schemes for trace plots (the colors are very distinct from each other).

New functions

bayesplot 1.1.0 2016-12-20

(GitHub issue/PR numbers in parentheses)


  • Images in vignettes should now render properly using png device. Thanks to TJ Mahr. (#51)

  • xaxis_title(FALSE) and yaxis_title(FALSE) now set axis titles to NULL rather than changing theme elements to element_blank(). This makes it easier to add axis titles to plots that don’t have them by default. Thanks to Bill Harris. (#53)

New features in existing functions

  • Add argument divergences to mcmc_trace() function. For models fit using HMC/NUTS this can be used to display divergences as a rug at the bottom of the trace plot. (#42)

  • The stat argument for all ppc_stat_*() functions now accepts a function instead of only the name of a function. (#31)

New functions

  • ppc_error_hist_grouped() for plotting predictive errors by level of a grouping variable. (#40)

  • mcmc_recover_intervals)( for comparing MCMC estimates to “true” parameter values used to simulate the data. (#56)

  • bayesplot_grid() for juxtaposing plots and enforcing shared axis limits. (#59)

bayesplot 1.0.0 2016-11-18

Initial CRAN release