Automatic Calculation of Effects for Piecewise Structural Equation Models.
semEff provides functionality to automatically calculate direct, indirect, and total effects for ‘piecewise’ structural equation models, comprising lists of fitted models representing structured equations (Lefcheck, 2016; Shipley, 2000, 2009). Confidence intervals are provided via bootstrapping.
Currently supported model classes are
You can install the released version of
semEff from CRAN with:
And the development version from GitHub with:
The primary function is
semEff(), which returns an object of class
"semEff" with associated
summary() methods. Everything can technically be accomplished in a single call to
semEff(); however, since bootstrapping is employed to generate resamples for confidence intervals (via
bootEff()), it is usually preferable to save these estimates separately prior to calling
semEff() – allowing more flexibility and saving time if/when recalling the function.
Package functions are well-documented and most include some short examples. In addition, see the following vignettes for some longer demonstrations:
Analysing direct vs. indirect effects of landscape location on plant species richness
Predicting and plotting indirect effects of degree days to bud burst on tree growth
Lefcheck, J. S. (2016). piecewiseSEM: Piecewise structural equation modelling in R for ecology, evolution, and systematics. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 7(5), 573–579. https://doi.org/10/f8s8rb
Shipley, B. (2000). A New Inferential Test for Path Models Based on Directed Acyclic Graphs. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 7(2), 206–218. https://doi.org/10/cqm32d
Shipley, B. (2009). Confirmatory path analysis in a generalized multilevel context. Ecology, 90(2), 363–368. https://doi.org/10/bqd43d.