# rmhexpand

##### Specify Simulation Window or Expansion Rule

Specify a spatial domain in which point process simulations will be performed. Alternatively, specify a rule which will be used to determine the simulation window.

##### Usage

`rmhexpand(x = NULL, ..., area = NULL, length = NULL, distance = NULL)`

##### Arguments

- x
Any kind of data determining the simulation window or the expansion rule. A window (object of class

`"owin"`

) specifying the simulation window, a numerical value specifying an expansion factor or expansion distance, a list containing one numerical value, an object of class`"rmhexpand"`

, or`NULL`

.- …
Ignored.

- area
Area expansion factor. Incompatible with other arguments.

- length
Length expansion factor. Incompatible with other arguments.

- distance
Expansion distance (buffer width). Incompatible with other arguments.

##### Details

In the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm `rmh`

for simulating spatial point processes,
simulations are usually carried out on a spatial domain that is
larger than the original window of the point process model,
then subsequently clipped to the original window.

The command `rmhexpand`

can be used to specify the simulation window,
or to specify a rule which will later be used to determine the
simulation window from data.

The arguments are all incompatible: at most one of them should be given.

If the first argument `x`

is given, it may be any of the
following:

a window (object of class

`"owin"`

) specifying the simulation window.an object of class

`"rmhexpand"`

specifying the expansion rule.a single numerical value, without attributes. This will be interpreted as the value of the argument

`area`

.either

`c(area=v)`

or`list(area=v)`

, where`v`

is a single numeric value. This will be interpreted as the value of the argument`area`

.either

`c(length=v)`

or`list(length=v)`

, where`v`

is a single numeric value. This will be interpreted as the value of the argument`length`

.either

`c(distance=v)`

or`list(distance=v)`

, where`v`

is a single numeric value. This will be interpreted as the value of the argument`distance`

.`NULL`

, meaning that the expansion rule is not yet determined.

If one of the arguments `area`

, `length`

or `distance`

is given, then the simulation window is determined from the original
data window as follows.

- area
The bounding box of the original data window will be extracted, and the simulation window will be a scalar dilation of this rectangle. The argument

`area`

should be a numerical value, greater than or equal to 1. It specifies the area expansion factor, i.e. the ratio of the area of the simulation window to the area of the original point process window's bounding box.- length
The bounding box of the original data window will be extracted, and the simulation window will be a scalar dilation of this rectangle. The argument

`length`

should be a numerical value, greater than or equal to 1. It specifies the length expansion factor, i.e. the ratio of the width (height) of the simulation window to the width (height) of the original point process window's bounding box.- distance
The argument

`distance`

should be a numerical value, greater than or equal to 0. It specifies the width of a buffer region around the original data window. If the original data window is a rectangle, then this window is extended by a margin of width equal to`distance`

around all sides of the original rectangle. The result is a rectangle. If the original data window is not a rectangle, then morphological dilation is applied using`dilation.owin`

so that a margin or buffer of width equal to`distance`

is created around all sides of the original window. The result is a non-rectangular window, typically of a different shape.

##### Value

An object of class `"rmhexpand"`

specifying the
expansion rule. There is a `print`

method for this class.

##### Undetermined expansion

If `expand=NULL`

, this is interpreted to mean that the
expansion rule is “not yet decided”. Expansion will be decided
later, by the simulation algorithm `rmh`

.
If the model cannot be expanded (for example if the covariate data
in the model are not available on a larger domain) then expansion
will not occur. If the model can be expanded, then
if the point process model has a finite interaction range `r`

,
the default is `rmhexpand(distance=2*r)`

, and
otherwise `rmhexpand(area=2)`

.

##### See Also

`expand.owin`

to apply the rule to a window.

`will.expand`

to test whether expansion will occur.

`rmh`

, `rmhcontrol`

for background details.

##### Examples

```
# NOT RUN {
rmhexpand()
rmhexpand(2)
rmhexpand(1)
rmhexpand(length=1.5)
rmhexpand(distance=0.1)
rmhexpand(letterR)
# }
```

*Documentation reproduced from package spatstat, version 1.63-3, License: GPL (>= 2)*