The goal of the package is to estimate a probabilistic topology matrix (all trophic link probabilities) and a diet matrix (all diet proportions) by combining biotracers and stomach content analyses in a Bayesian hierarchical model.

The full model and its application on a real dataset are described in Hernvann et al. (under review). Use citation("EcoDiet") to get the full reference.

R installation

EcoDiet is an R package, so first and foremost, you should download and install/update R.

JAGS installation

EcoDiet relies on the JAGS software, so you also need to download and install/update JAGS. You should install the last version of JAGS so that your model will run at maximal speed.

For Windows users

Download JAGS from here, then follow the indications.

For MacOS and Linux users

Try this command if you are on MacOS:

sudo brew update
sudo brew install jags

or this command if you are on Linux:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install jags

If you get an error message during installation, check this post from Yu-Sung Su’s blog.

EcoDiet installation

As the EcoDiet package is only stored on GitHub for now, you need to use the install_github function from the devtools package to load it. First, install the devtools package:

{r, eval = FALSE} install.packages("devtools")

Once devtools has been installed, you can load the EcoDiet package:

{r, eval = FALSE} devtools::install_github("pyhernvann/EcoDiet", build_vignettes = TRUE, dependencies = TRUE)

Learn how to use EcoDiet

Several vignettes explain how to use the package. Run the following in R and click on the HTML button next to “1. Introduction - How to use EcoDiet”:


Or use this if the former does not work: