The purpose of the present vignette is to demonstrate the visualisation capacities of mstate, using both base R graphics and the ggplot2 package (Wickham 2016). To do so, we will use the dataset used to illustrate competing risks analyses in Section 3 of the Tutorial by Putter, Fiocco, and Geskus (2007) . The dataset is available in mstate under the object name
We can begin by loading both the mstate and ggplot2 libraries, and set a general theme for our plots:
We can then proceed to load the dataset, and prepare it for a competing risks analysis using
msprep(). The steps are described in more detail in the main vignette.
# Load data data("aidssi") head(aidssi) #> patnr time status cause ccr5 #> 1 1 9.106 1 AIDS WW #> 2 2 11.039 0 event-free WM #> 3 3 2.234 1 AIDS WW #> 4 4 9.878 2 SI WM #> 5 5 3.819 1 AIDS WW #> 6 6 6.801 1 AIDS WW # Shorter name si <- aidssi # Prepare transition matrix tmat <- trans.comprisk(2, names = c("event-free", "AIDS", "SI")) tmat #> to #> from event-free AIDS SI #> event-free NA 1 2 #> AIDS NA NA NA #> SI NA NA NA # Run msprep si$stat1 <- as.numeric(si$status == 1) si$stat2 <- as.numeric(si$status == 2) silong <- msprep( time = c(NA, "time", "time"), status = c(NA, "stat1", "stat2"), data = si, keep = "ccr5", trans = tmat ) # Run cox model silong <- expand.covs(silong, "ccr5") c1 <- coxph(Surv(time, status) ~ ccr5WM.1 + ccr5WM.2 + strata(trans), data = silong)
msfit(), we can obtain patient-specific transition hazards. We look here at a patient with a CCR5 genotype “WW” (wild type allele on both chromosomes).
The cumulative baseline hazards can be plotted simply by using:
If we specify the argument
use.ggplot = TRUE, the
plot method will return a ggplot object.
When using the argument
type = "separate", the base R plot will return a separate plot for each transition:
The ggplot2 version will return a facetted plot, where the axis scales can either be kept “fixed”, or “free” using the
scale_type argument. It is essentially the same argument as
scales from the
facet_wrap() function of ggplot2, see
The remaining arguments are standard plotting adjustments, which will work for both the ggplot2 and base R version of the plots. For details, see
?mstate::plot.msfit. Any further adjustments that are not available through the function arguments (such as plot title) can simply be added using standard ggplot2 syntax using
+, or graphics functions such as
title(). The following is a customised example:
# A ggplot2 customised plot plot( msf.WW, type = "single", cols = c("blue", "black"), # or numeric e.g. c(1, 2) xlim = c(0, 15), lty = c("dashed", "solid"), legend.pos = "bottom", use.ggplot = TRUE ) + # Add title and center ggtitle("Cumulative baseline hazards") + theme(plot.title = element_text(hjust = 0.5))
The transition hazards obtained in the previous section can be used to obtain patient-specific transition probabilities using
probtrans(). Here, we would like to predict from the beginning of follow-up (
predt = 0).
# Run probtrans pt.WW <- probtrans(msf.WW, predt = 0) # Example predict at different times summary(pt.WW, times = c(1, 5, 10)) #> #> Prediction from state 1 : #> times pstate1 pstate2 pstate3 se1 se2 se3 #> 1 1 0.9805172 0.0000000 0.01948279 0.007899257 0.00000000 0.007899257 #> 2 5 0.6887491 0.1471596 0.16409130 0.028250825 0.02189893 0.022200323 #> 3 10 0.2772999 0.3870165 0.33568358 0.030015241 0.03202897 0.030204083 #> lower1 lower2 lower3 upper1 upper2 upper3 #> 1 0.9651565 0.0000000 0.008801028 0.9961223 0.0000000 0.04312897 #> 2 0.6355458 0.1099311 0.125870614 0.7464063 0.1969956 0.21391771 #> 3 0.2242925 0.3290677 0.281410843 0.3428346 0.4551702 0.40042333
plot method for
probtrans objects allows to visualise the transition probabilities in various ways, using both functionality from base R graphics and ggplot2.
The default is a so-called “filled” plot, where the transition probabilities are represented by coloured areas. The
from argument allows the user to choose the state to predict from (default is 1, the first state).
use.ggplot = TRUE argument can be used to return a ggplot object instead:
Note that the ggplot2 version of the plot places the state labels in a legend rather than labels in the plot itself. If we prefer the latter, we can specify
label = annotate instead - and change the size of the labels with cex.
More generally, we can also adjust the stacking order using the
ord argument, which takes a numeric vector equal to the number of states, in the desired stacking order (bottom to top).
You can also choose to forgo the colour, and specify
type = "stacked" instead:
Instead of visualising the probabilities using stacked areas, we can go the traditional route and use a single line per state. Confidence intervals can then be added.
type = "separate", the base R plot will return a separate plot for all three states.
The ggplot2 version will return a facetted plot, with one state per facet. It also accommodates confidence intervals, which are either of type “log” (default) or “plain”.
These confidence intervals can be omitted using
conf.type = "none".
What if we wanted all of these in one plot? For that, we can use the
type = single option:
As before, the confidence intervals can be omitted.
If the multi-state model is large, we may be only interested in plotting the probabilities for a subset of states together. This subset will not sum up to 1, so the stacked/filled plots are not appropriate. There is no set function to do this, but it can be done by extracting the data from a
plot.probtrans()-based ggplot object as follows:
# Run plot and extract data using $data dat_plot <- plot(x = pt.WW, use.ggplot = TRUE, type = "single")$data # Begin new plot - Exclude or select states to be plotted ggplot(data = dat_plot[state != "event-free", ], aes( x = time, y = prob, ymin = CI_low, ymax = CI_upp, group = state, linetype = state, col = state )) + # Add CI and lines; change fill = NA to remove CIs geom_ribbon(col = NA, fill = "gray", alpha = 0.5) + geom_line() + # Remaining details labs(x = "Time", y = "Cumulative Incidence") + coord_cartesian(ylim = c(0, 1), xlim = c(0, 14), expand = 0)
If interest lies in plotting the probability of a single state, the procedure above can be used, or the
vis.multiple.pt() function presented further could be used directly.
Cuminc() function in mstate produces (for competing risks data) the non-parametric Aalen-Johansen estimates of the cumulative incidence functions. This is the same as is obtained in the cmrpsk package with the function
In mstate, an object of class “Cuminc” can also be plotted as follows:
In the case where this a grouping variable:
We may also be interested in comparing the predicted probabilities for multiple reference patients. First, we need to create as many msfit/probtrans objects as there are reference patients of interest:
# 1. Prepare patient data - both CCR5 genotypes WW <- data.frame( ccr5WM.1 = c(0, 0), ccr5WM.2 = c(0, 0), trans = c(1, 2), strata = c(1, 2) ) WM <- data.frame( ccr5WM.1 = c(1, 0), ccr5WM.2 = c(0, 1), trans = c(1, 2), strata = c(1, 2) ) # 2. Make msfit objects msf.WW <- msfit(c1, WW, trans = tmat) msf.WM <- msfit(c1, WM, trans = tmat) # 3. Make probtrans objects pt.WW <- probtrans(msf.WW, predt = 0) pt.WM <- probtrans(msf.WM, predt = 0)
Afterwards, we can supply the probtrans objects in a list into the
vis.multiple.pt() function. This will visualise the probability of being in state number
to over time, given the reference patient was in state number
from at the
predt time supplied in
The example below visualises the probability of being in state AIDS, given event-free at time 0. The two lines/associated confidence intervals correspond to the reference patients - both with a different CCR5 genotype (“WW” or “WM”).
This function could just as well be used for a single probtrans object:
Note this function is only available in the ggplot format.
Multiple probtrans objects can also be compared by means of a mirrored plot. The idea is to compare the probabilities of being in (all) states between two references patients at a particular horizon. In addition to reference patients, different subsets of the data could equally be compared.
horizon argument will default to plotting both sides with their respective maximum follow-up time, so it may be asymmetric. We thus recomment to always use the
If for example time is in years, and follow-up is extremely short, you may want to override the breaks on the x-axis. This can be done using the
Any plots made with mstate using the
use.ggplot = TRUE will return a ggplot object, which can be saved to a desired format by using
ggplot2::ggsave(). Please refer to the article written by the ggplot2 team on using
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Putter, H., M. Fiocco, and R. B. Geskus. 2007. “Tutorial in Biostatistics: Competing Risks and Multi-State Models.” Statist Med 26: 2389–2430.
Wickham, Hadley. 2016. Ggplot2: Elegant Graphics for Data Analysis. Springer-Verlag New York. https://ggplot2.tidyverse.org.