altmeta: Alternative Meta-Analysis Methods

Provides alternative statistical methods for meta-analysis, including: - bivariate generalized linear mixed models for synthesizing odds ratios, relative risks, and risk differences (Chu et al., 2012 <doi:10.1177/0962280210393712>) - heterogeneity tests and measures and penalization methods that are robust to outliers (Lin et al., 2017 <doi:10.1111/biom.12543>; Wang et al., 2022 <doi:10.1002/sim.9261>); - measures, tests, and visualization tools for publication bias or small-study effects (Lin and Chu, 2018 <doi:10.1111/biom.12817>; Lin, 2019 <doi:10.1002/jrsm.1340>; Lin, 2020 <doi:10.1177/0962280220910172>; Shi et al., 2020 <doi:10.1002/jrsm.1415>); - meta-analysis of diagnostic tests for synthesizing sensitivities, specificities, etc. (Reitsma et al., 2005 <doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2005.02.022>; Chu and Cole, 2006 <doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2006.06.011>); - meta-analysis methods for synthesizing proportions (Lin and Chu, 2020 <doi:10.1097/ede.0000000000001232>); - models for multivariate meta-analysis, measures of inconsistency degrees of freedom in Bayesian network meta-analysis, and predictive P-score (Lin and Chu, 2018 <doi:10.1002/jrsm.1293>; Lin, 2020 <doi:10.1080/10543406.2020.1852247>; Rosenberger et al., 2021 <doi:10.1186/s12874-021-01397-5>).

Version: 4.1
Depends: R (≥ 3.5.0)
Imports: rjags (≥ 4-6), coda, graphics, grDevices, lme4, Matrix, metafor (≥ 3.0-2), methods, stats, utils
Published: 2022-08-29
DOI: 10.32614/CRAN.package.altmeta
Author: Lifeng Lin ORCID iD [aut, cre], Kristine J. Rosenberger [ctb], Linyu Shi [ctb], Yipeng Wang [ctb], Haitao Chu ORCID iD [aut]
Maintainer: Lifeng Lin <lifenglin at>
License: GPL-2 | GPL-3 [expanded from: GPL (≥ 2)]
NeedsCompilation: no
SystemRequirements: JAGS 4.x.y (
In views: MetaAnalysis
CRAN checks: altmeta results


Reference manual: altmeta.pdf


Package source: altmeta_4.1.tar.gz
Windows binaries: r-devel:, r-release:, r-oldrel:
macOS binaries: r-release (arm64): altmeta_4.1.tgz, r-oldrel (arm64): altmeta_4.1.tgz, r-release (x86_64): altmeta_4.1.tgz, r-oldrel (x86_64): altmeta_4.1.tgz
Old sources: altmeta archive


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