netmeta: Brief overview of methods and general hints
R package netmeta provides frequentist methods for network meta-analysis and supports Schwarzer et al. (2015), Chapter 8 on network meta-analysis http://meta-analysis-with-r.org/.
R package netmeta is an add-on package for meta providing the following meta-analysis methods:
frequentist network meta-analysis (function
netmeta) based on R<U+00FC>cker (2012);
measures characterizing the flow of evidence between two treatments (
netmeasures) described in K<U+00F6>nig et al. (2013);
ranking of treatments (
netrank) based on frequentist analogue of SUCRA (R<U+00FC>cker & Schwarzer, 2015);
split direct and indirect evidence (
netsplit) to check for consistency (Dias et al., 2010);
league table with network meta-analysis results (
automated drawing of network graphs (
netgraph) described in R<U+00FC>cker & Schwarzer (2016).
Furthermore, functions and datasets from netmeta are utilised in Schwarzer et al. (2015), Chapter 8 "Network Meta-Analysis", http://meta-analysis-with-r.org/.
help(package = "netmeta") for a listing of R functions
available in netmeta.
citation("netmeta") on how to cite netmeta in
To report problems and bugs
bug.report(package = "netmeta")if you do not use RStudio,
send an email to Guido Schwarzer email@example.com if you use RStudio.
The development version of netmeta is available on GitHub https://github.com/guido-s/netmeta.
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