Set Control Parameters for Metropolis-Hastings Algorithm.

Sets up a list of parameters controlling the iterative behaviour of the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm.

spatial, datagen
rmhcontrol(control, ...)
   ## S3 method for class 'default':
rmhcontrol(control=NULL, \dots, p=0.9, q=0.5, nrep=5e5,
                      expand=NULL, periodic=FALSE, ptypes=NULL,
                      fixall=FALSE, nverb=0)
An existing list of control parameters in some other format. Incompatible with the arguments listed below.
There should be no other arguments.
Probability of proposing a shift (as against a birth/death)
Conditional probability of proposing a death given that a birth or death will be proposed
Total number of steps (proposals) of Metropolis-Hastings algorithm that should be run
Either a numerical expansion factor, or a window (object of class "owin"), specifying that simulations are to be performed in a domain larger than the original data window, then clipped to the original data window.
(Logical) whether to simulate ``periodically'', i.e. on a torus formed by identifying opposite edges of a rectangle.
For multitype point processes, the distribution of the mark attached to a new random point (when a birth is proposed)
(Logical) for multitype point processes, whether to fix the number of points of each type.
Progress reports will be printed every nverb iterations

The Metropolis-Hastings algorithm, implemented as rmh, generates simulated realisations of point process models. This function rmhcontrol sets up a list of parameters which control the iterative behaviour and termination of the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm, for use in a subsequent call to rmh. It also checks that the parameters are valid.

(A separate function rmhstart determines the initial state of the algorithm, and rmhmodel determines the model to be simulated.)

The algorithm control parameters should be specified either by the first argument control or by the other arguments p, q etc. If control is specified, it may be a list of parameter values (with components named p, q etc, having the same interpretation as described below) or an object of class "rmhcontrol" obtained by a previous call to rmhcontrol.

The parameters are as follows: [object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]


  • An object of class "rmhcontrol", which is essentially a list of parameter values for the algorithm. There is a print method for this class, which prints a sensible description of the parameters chosen.


Geyer, C.J. (1999) Likelihood Inference for Spatial Point Processes. Chapter 3 in O.E. Barndorff-Nielsen, W.S. Kendall and M.N.M. Van Lieshout (eds) Stochastic Geometry: Likelihood and Computation, Chapman and Hall / CRC, Monographs on Statistics and Applied Probability, number 80. Pages 79--140.

See Also

rmh, rmhmodel, rmhstart, expand.owin

  • rmhcontrol
  • rmhcontrol.default
# parameters given as named arguments
   c1 <- rmhcontrol(p=0.3,periodic=TRUE,nrep=1e6,nverb=1e5)

   # parameters given as a list
   liz <- list(p=0.9, nrep=1e4)
   c2 <- rmhcontrol(liz)

   # parameters given in rmhcontrol object
   c3 <- rmhcontrol(c1)
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