Version 0.8.0 of NIMBLE released

June 7, 2019

(This article was first published on R – NIMBLE, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

We’ve released the newest version of NIMBLE on CRAN and on our website. NIMBLE is a system for building and sharing analysis methods for statistical models, especially for hierarchical models and computationally-intensive methods (such as MCMC and SMC). Version 0.8.0 provides some new features, speed improvements, and a variety of bug fixes and better error/warning messages.

New features include:

  • a reversible jump MCMC sampler for variable selection via configureRJ();
  • greatly improved speed of MCMC sampling for Bayesian nonparametric models with a dCRP distribution by not sampling parameters for empty clusters;
  • experimental faster MCMC configuration, available by setting nimbleOptions(oldConjugacyChecking = FALSE) and nimbleOptions(useNewConfigureMCMC = TRUE);
  • and improved warning and error messages for MCEM and slice sampling.

Please see the release notes on our website for more details.

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