Determine Initial State for Metropolis-Hastings Simulation.

Builds a description of the initial state for the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm.

spatial, datagen
rmhstart(start, ...)
   ## S3 method for class 'default':
rmhstart(start=NULL, \dots, n.start=NULL, x.start=NULL, iseed)
An existing description of the initial state in some format. Incompatible with the arguments listed below.
There should be no other arguments.
Number of initial points (to be randomly generated). Incompatible with x.start.
Initial point pattern configuration. Incompatible with n.start.
Vector of 3 integers determining the initial state of the random number generator. This argument should not be specified, in normal use.

Simulated realisations of many point process models can be generated using the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm implemented in rmh. This function rmhstart creates a full description of the initial state of the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm, including possibly the initial state of the random number generator, for use in a subsequent call to rmh. It also checks that the initial state is valid.

The initial state should be specified either by the first argument start or by the other arguments n.start, x.start etc. If start is a list, then it should have components named n.start or x.start and optionally iseed, with the same interpretation as described below.

The arguments are: [object Object],[object Object],[object Object] The parameters n.start and x.start are incompatible.


  • An object of class "rmhstart", which is essentially a list of parameters describing the initial point pattern and (optionally) the initial state of the random number generator. There is a print method for this class, which prints a sensible description of the initial state.


If iseed is specified, this will fix the initial state of the random number generator in any subsequent call to rmh.

See Also

rmh, rmhcontrol, rmhmodel

  • rmhstart
  • rmhstart.default
# 30 random points
   a <- rmhstart(n.start=30)

   # a particular point pattern
   b <- rmhstart(x.start=cells)

   # set the seed
   d <- rmhstart(n.start=30, iseed=c(42, 4, 2))
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