Graceful ‘ggplot’-based graphics and utility functions for working with generalized additive models (GAMs) fitted using the ‘mgcv’ package. Provides a reimplementation of the `plot()`

method for GAMs that ‘mgcv’ provides, as well as ‘tidyverse’ compatible representations of estimated smooths.

The main features of *gratia* are currently

A

*ggplot2*-based replacement for`mgcv:::plot.gam()`

:`draw(gam_model)`

.Note specialist smoothers (

`bs %in% c("sos","mrf","so")`

) are not currently supported, but univariate,*factor*and*continuous*`by`

-variable smooths, simple random effect smooths (`bs = 're'`

), factor-smooth interaction smooths (`bs = "fs"`

), and bivariate tensor product smooths are supported,Estimatation of derivatives of fitted smoothers:

`derivatives()`

(older functionality in`fderiv(gam_model)`

),Estimation of point-wise across-the-function confidence intervals and simultaneous intervals for smooths:

`confint(gam_model)`

.Model diagnostics via

`appraise()`

*gratia* is now available on CRAN, and can be installed with

however *gratia* is under active development and you may wish to install the development version from github. The easiest way to do this is via the `install_github()`

function from package *remotes*. Make sure you have *remotes* installed, then run

to install the package.

*gratia* grew out of an earlier package, *schoenberg*, itself a development of the earlier package *tsgam*, which was originally intended to be used with GAMs fitted to time series. As I was developing *tsgam* however it became clear that the package could be used more generally and that the name “tsgam” was no longer appropriate. To avoid breaking blog posts I had written using *tsgam* I decided to copy the git repo and all the history to a new repo for the package under the name *schoenberg*. At a later date someone released another package called *schoenberg* to CRAN, so that scuppered that idea. Now I’m calling the package *gratia*. Hopefully I won’t have to change it again…

In naming his *greta* package, Nick Golding observed the recent phenomena of naming statistical modelling software, such as Stan or Edward, after individuals that played a prominent role in the development of the field. This lead Nick to name his Tensor Flow-based package *greta* after *Grete Hermann*.

In the same spirit, *gratia* is named in recognition of the contributions of Grace Wahba, who did pioneering work on the penalised spline models that are at the foundation of the way GAMs are estimated in *mgcv*. I wanted to name the package *grace*, to explicitly recognise Grace’s contributions, but unfortunately there was already a package named *Grace* on CRAN. So I looked elsewhere for inspiration.

The English word “grace” derives from the Latin *gratia*, meaning “favor, charm, thanks” (according to Merriam Webster).

The chair that Grace Wabha currently holds is named after Isaac J Schoenberg, a former University Madison-Wisconsin Professor of Mathematics, who in a 1946 paper provided the first mathematical reference to “splines”. (Hence the previous name for the package.)