*Test if your model is a good model!*

A crucial aspect when building regression models is to evaluate the quality of modelfit. It is important to investigate how well models fit to the data and which fit indices to report. Functions to create diagnostic plots or to compute fit measures do exist, however, mostly spread over different packages. There is no unique and consistent approach to assess the model quality for different kind of models.

The primary goal of the **performance** package is to fill this gap and to provide utilities for computing **indices of model quality** and **goodness of fit**. These include measures like r-squared (R2), root mean squared error (RMSE) or intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) , but also functions to check (mixed) models for overdispersion, zero-inflation, convergence or singularity.

The *performance* package is available on CRAN, while its latest development version is available on R-universe (from *rOpenSci*).

Type | Source | Command |
---|---|---|

Release | CRAN | `install.packages("performance")` |

Development | R-universe | `install.packages("performance", repos = "https://easystats.r-universe.dev")` |

Once you have downloaded the package, you can then load it using:

To cite performance in publications use:

```
citation("performance")
#>
#> Lüdecke et al., (2021). performance: An R Package
#> for Assessment, Comparison and Testing of
#> Statistical Models. Journal of Open Source
#> Software, 6(60), 3139.
#> https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.03139
#>
#> A BibTeX entry for LaTeX users is
#>
#> @Article{,
#> title = {{performance}: An {R} Package for Assessment, Comparison and Testing of Statistical Models},
#> author = {Daniel Lüdecke and Mattan S. Ben-Shachar and Indrajeet Patil and Philip Waggoner and Dominique Makowski},
#> year = {2021},
#> journal = {Journal of Open Source Software},
#> volume = {6},
#> number = {60},
#> pages = {3139},
#> doi = {10.21105/joss.03139},
#> }
```

**performance** has a generic `r2()`

function, which computes the r-squared for many different models, including mixed effects and Bayesian regression models.

`r2()`

returns a list containing values related to the “most appropriate” r-squared for the given model.

```
model <- lm(mpg ~ wt + cyl, data = mtcars)
r2(model)
#> # R2 for Linear Regression
#> R2: 0.830
#> adj. R2: 0.819
model <- glm(am ~ wt + cyl, data = mtcars, family = binomial)
r2(model)
#> # R2 for Logistic Regression
#> Tjur's R2: 0.705
library(MASS)
data(housing)
model <- polr(Sat ~ Infl + Type + Cont, weights = Freq, data = housing)
r2(model)
#> Nagelkerke's R2: 0.108
```

The different R-squared measures can also be accessed directly via functions like `r2_bayes()`

, `r2_coxsnell()`

or `r2_nagelkerke()`

(see a full list of functions here).

For mixed models, the *conditional* and *marginal* R-squared are returned. The *marginal R-squared* considers only the variance of the fixed effects and indicates how much of the model’s variance is explained by the fixed effects part only. The *conditional R-squared* takes both the fixed and random effects into account and indicates how much of the model’s variance is explained by the “complete” model.

For frequentist mixed models, `r2()`

(resp. `r2_nakagawa()`

) computes the *mean* random effect variances, thus `r2()`

is also appropriate for mixed models with more complex random effects structures, like random slopes or nested random effects (Johnson 2014; Nakagawa, Johnson, and Schielzeth 2017).

```
set.seed(123)
library(rstanarm)
model <- stan_glmer(Petal.Length ~ Petal.Width + (1 | Species), data = iris, cores = 4)
r2(model)
#> # Bayesian R2 with Standard Error
#>
#> Conditional R2: 0.953 (89% CI [0.944, 0.962])
#> Marginal R2: 0.824 (89% CI [0.747, 0.890])
library(lme4)
model <- lmer(Reaction ~ Days + (1 + Days | Subject), data = sleepstudy)
r2(model)
#> # R2 for Mixed Models
#>
#> Conditional R2: 0.799
#> Marginal R2: 0.279
```

Similar to R-squared, the ICC provides information on the explained variance and can be interpreted as “the proportion of the variance explained by the grouping structure in the population” (Hox 2010).

`icc()`

calculates the ICC for various mixed model objects, including `stanreg`

models.

```
library(lme4)
model <- lmer(Reaction ~ Days + (1 + Days | Subject), data = sleepstudy)
icc(model)
#> # Intraclass Correlation Coefficient
#>
#> Adjusted ICC: 0.722
#> Conditional ICC: 0.521
```

…and models of class `brmsfit`

.

```
icc(model)
#> # Intraclass Correlation Coefficient
#>
#> Adjusted ICC: 0.930
#> Conditional ICC: 0.771
```

Overdispersion occurs when the observed variance in the data is higher than the expected variance from the model assumption (for Poisson, variance roughly equals the mean of an outcome). `check_overdispersion()`

checks if a count model (including mixed models) is overdispersed or not.

```
library(glmmTMB)
data(Salamanders)
model <- glm(count ~ spp + mined, family = poisson, data = Salamanders)
check_overdispersion(model)
#> # Overdispersion test
#>
#> dispersion ratio = 2.946
#> Pearson's Chi-Squared = 1873.710
#> p-value = < 0.001
```

Overdispersion can be fixed by either modelling the dispersion parameter (not possible with all packages), or by choosing a different distributional family (like Quasi-Poisson, or negative binomial, see (Gelman and Hill 2007)).

Zero-inflation (in (Quasi-)Poisson models) is indicated when the amount of observed zeros is larger than the amount of predicted zeros, so the model is *underfitting* zeros. In such cases, it is recommended to use negative binomial or zero-inflated models.

Use `check_zeroinflation()`

to check if zero-inflation is present in the fitted model.

```
model <- glm(count ~ spp + mined, family = poisson, data = Salamanders)
check_zeroinflation(model)
#> # Check for zero-inflation
#>
#> Observed zeros: 387
#> Predicted zeros: 298
#> Ratio: 0.77
```

A “singular” model fit means that some dimensions of the variance-covariance matrix have been estimated as exactly zero. This often occurs for mixed models with overly complex random effects structures.

`check_singularity()`

checks mixed models (of class `lme`

, `merMod`

, `glmmTMB`

or `MixMod`

) for singularity, and returns `TRUE`

if the model fit is singular.

```
library(lme4)
data(sleepstudy)
# prepare data
set.seed(123)
sleepstudy$mygrp <- sample(1:5, size = 180, replace = TRUE)
sleepstudy$mysubgrp <- NA
for (i in 1:5) {
filter_group <- sleepstudy$mygrp == i
sleepstudy$mysubgrp[filter_group] <- sample(1:30, size = sum(filter_group), replace = TRUE)
}
# fit strange model
model <- lmer(Reaction ~ Days + (1 | mygrp/mysubgrp) + (1 | Subject), data = sleepstudy)
check_singularity(model)
#> [1] TRUE
```

Remedies to cure issues with singular fits can be found here.

Linear models assume constant error variance (homoskedasticity).

The `check_heteroscedasticity()`

functions assess if this assumption has been violated:

```
data(cars)
model <- lm(dist ~ speed, data = cars)
check_heteroscedasticity(model)
#> Warning: Heteroscedasticity (non-constant error variance) detected (p = 0.031).
```

**performance** provides many functions to check model assumptions, like `check_collinearity()`

, `check_normality()`

or `check_heteroscedasticity()`

. To get a comprehensive check, use `check_model()`

.

```
# defining a model
model <- lm(mpg ~ wt + am + gear + vs * cyl, data = mtcars)
# checking model assumptions
check_model(model)
```

`model_performance()`

computes indices of model performance for regression models. Depending on the model object, typical indices might be r-squared, AIC, BIC, RMSE, ICC or LOOIC.

```
m1 <- lm(mpg ~ wt + cyl, data = mtcars)
model_performance(m1)
#> # Indices of model performance
#>
#> AIC | BIC | R2 | R2 (adj.) | RMSE | Sigma
#> -----------------------------------------------------
#> 156.010 | 161.873 | 0.830 | 0.819 | 2.444 | 2.568
```

```
m2 <- glm(vs ~ wt + mpg, data = mtcars, family = "binomial")
model_performance(m2)
#> # Indices of model performance
#>
#> AIC | BIC | Tjur's R2 | RMSE | Sigma | Log_loss | Score_log | Score_spherical | PCP
#> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#> 31.298 | 35.695 | 0.478 | 0.359 | 0.934 | 0.395 | -14.903 | 0.095 | 0.743
```

```
library(lme4)
m3 <- lmer(Reaction ~ Days + (1 + Days | Subject), data = sleepstudy)
model_performance(m3)
#> # Indices of model performance
#>
#> AIC | BIC | R2 (cond.) | R2 (marg.) | ICC | RMSE | Sigma
#> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
#> 1755.628 | 1774.786 | 0.799 | 0.279 | 0.722 | 23.438 | 25.592
```

The `compare_performance()`

function can be used to compare the performance and quality of several models (including models of different types).

```
counts <- c(18, 17, 15, 20, 10, 20, 25, 13, 12)
outcome <- gl(3, 1, 9)
treatment <- gl(3, 3)
m4 <- glm(counts ~ outcome + treatment, family = poisson())
compare_performance(m1, m2, m3, m4)
#> # Comparison of Model Performance Indices
#>
#> Name | Model | AIC | BIC | RMSE | Sigma | Score_log | Score_spherical | R2 | R2 (adj.) | Tjur's R2 | Log_loss | PCP | R2 (cond.) | R2 (marg.) | ICC | Nagelkerke's R2
#> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#> m1 | lm | 156.010 | 161.873 | 2.444 | 2.568 | | | 0.830 | 0.819 | | | | | | |
#> m2 | glm | 31.298 | 35.695 | 0.359 | 0.934 | -14.903 | 0.095 | | | 0.478 | 0.395 | 0.743 | | | |
#> m3 | lmerMod | 1755.628 | 1774.786 | 23.438 | 25.592 | | | | | | | | 0.799 | 0.279 | 0.722 |
#> m4 | glm | 56.761 | 57.747 | 3.043 | 1.132 | -2.598 | 0.324 | | | | | | | | | 0.657
```

One can also easily compute and a **composite index** of model performance and sort the models from the best one to the worse.

```
compare_performance(m1, m2, m3, m4, rank = TRUE)
#> # Comparison of Model Performance Indices
#>
#> Name | Model | AIC | BIC | RMSE | Sigma | Performance-Score
#> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
#> m2 | glm | 31.298 | 35.695 | 0.359 | 0.934 | 100.00%
#> m4 | glm | 56.761 | 57.747 | 3.043 | 1.132 | 96.21%
#> m1 | lm | 156.010 | 161.873 | 2.444 | 2.568 | 92.46%
#> m3 | lmerMod | 1755.628 | 1774.786 | 23.438 | 25.592 | 0.00%
```

Finally, we provide convenient visualisation (the `see`

package must be installed).

`plot(compare_performance(m1, m2, m4, rank = TRUE))`

`test_performance()`

(and `test_bf`

, its Bayesian sister) carries out the most relevant and appropriate tests based on the input (for instance, whether the models are nested or not).

```
set.seed(123)
data(iris)
lm1 <- lm(Sepal.Length ~ Species, data = iris)
lm2 <- lm(Sepal.Length ~ Species + Petal.Length, data = iris)
lm3 <- lm(Sepal.Length ~ Species * Sepal.Width, data = iris)
lm4 <- lm(Sepal.Length ~ Species * Sepal.Width + Petal.Length + Petal.Width, data = iris)
compare_performance(lm1, lm2, lm3, lm4)
#> # Comparison of Model Performance Indices
#>
#> Name | Model | AIC | BIC | R2 | R2 (adj.) | RMSE | Sigma
#> --------------------------------------------------------------------
#> lm1 | lm | 231.452 | 243.494 | 0.619 | 0.614 | 0.510 | 0.515
#> lm2 | lm | 106.233 | 121.286 | 0.837 | 0.833 | 0.333 | 0.338
#> lm3 | lm | 187.092 | 208.167 | 0.727 | 0.718 | 0.431 | 0.440
#> lm4 | lm | 78.797 | 105.892 | 0.871 | 0.865 | 0.296 | 0.305
test_bf(lm1, lm2, lm3, lm4)
#> Bayes Factors for Model Comparison
#>
#> Model BF
#> [lm2] Species + Petal.Length 3.45e+26
#> [lm3] Species * Sepal.Width 4.69e+07
#> [lm4] Species * Sepal.Width + Petal.Length + Petal.Width 7.58e+29
#>
#> * Against Denominator: [lm1] Species
#> * Bayes Factor Type: BIC approximation
```

Please note that the performance project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.

We are happy to receive bug reports, suggestions, questions, and (most of all) contributions to fix problems and add features.

Please follow contributing guidelines mentioned here:

https://easystats.github.io/performance/CONTRIBUTING.html

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Johnson, Paul C. D. 2014. “Extension of Nakagawa & Schielzeth’s R2 GLMM to Random Slopes Models.” Edited by Robert B. O’Hara. *Methods in Ecology and Evolution* 5 (9): 944–46. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12225.

Nakagawa, Shinichi, Paul C. D. Johnson, and Holger Schielzeth. 2017. “The Coefficient of Determination R2 and Intra-Class Correlation Coefficient from Generalized Linear Mixed-Effects Models Revisited and Expanded.” *Journal of The Royal Society Interface* 14 (134): 20170213. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2017.0213.