Package News for 2016
2016-09-25: New Version Out (1.9-9)
After fixing some issues introduced by some non-backwards compatible changes in a package that metafor makes use of in a few places, I pushed out version 1.9-9 to CRAN (see here). So this is now the official (i.e., CRAN) release. This version includes many smaller tweaks and improvements, plus a few more noteworthy ones:
rma.mv()are now superseded by argument
testin all three functions. For backwards compatibility, the
tdistarguments still work, but are no longer documented. So, use
- One can now also obtain Cook's distances with
rma.mvobjects. I will add the possibility to examine not only the influence of individual estimates but of multiple estimates later on (e.g., in the context of a multilevel meta-analysis, one may want to know what the influence is of all estimates within a group/cluster). Also, there are some other diagnostic measures that would be useful to add (especially
rstudent()). I hope to get around to this soon.
permutest()function gains a
permciargument, 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.
- One can now obtain GOSH (i.e., graphical display of study heterogeneity) plots based on Olkin et al. (2012) with the
The full changelog can be found here.
The development version now carries version number 2.0-0, which will become the next official release once a sufficient number of updates have accumulated. Of course you can always just install the development version if you want to stay on top of those updates.
2016-09-20: Speeding Up Model Fitting
I've written up some notes on how to speed up model fitting when dealing with large datasets and/or models involving a large number of random effects. See here.
2016-08-01: Hunter and Schmidt Method
A question that comes up on a regular basis is how one can conduct meta-analyses using the 'Hunter and Schmidt method' using the metafor package. A discussion around this has been added to the tips and notes section. See here.
2016-07-07: I^2 for Multilevel and Multivariate Models
I've received several e-mails recently asking about generalizations of $I^2$ to multilevel and multivariate models. A discussion around this has been added to the tips and notes section. See here.
2016-05-22: Package Updates
I haven't made any entries here for a while, but development of the metafor package continues (time permitting) on the development version, which eventually will turn into release 1.9-9. Those who would like to play around with the development version already can just install it directly from GitHub with
remotes::install_github("wviechtb/metafor") (need to install remotes first of course). You can also track changes and follow the development by going to the GitHub repository for the package.
Besides a lot of smaller tweaks and improvements, some of the more interesting changes are the addition of GOSH plots (you can see an example already here),
rma.mv objects (useful for examining the data for influential cases), and the ability to get permutation-based CIs with
permutest() (which is computationally rather demanding).
I am also slowly increasing the code coverage of the automated package tests. At the moment, coverage is just a wee bit shy of 80% (see here for detail).