Bayesian spatially varying coefficient models in the spBayes R package


This paper describes and illustrates new functionality for fitting spatially varying coefficients models in the spBayes (version 0.4–2) R package. The new spSVC function uses a computationally efficient Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm and extends current spBayes functions, that fit only space-varying intercept regression models, to fit independent or multivariate Gaussian process random effects for any set of columns in the regression design matrix. Newly added OpenMP parallelization options for spSVC are discussed and illustrated, as well as helper functions for joint and point-wise prediction and model fit diagnostics. The utility of the proposed models is illustrated using a PM10 analysis over central Europe.