Extracts the predicted ECx value as desired from an object of class bayesnecfit or bayesnecfit.

  ecx_val = 10,
  resolution = 1000,
  posterior = FALSE,
  type = "absolute",
  hormesis_def = "control",
  x_range = NA,
  xform = identity,
  prob_vals = c(0.5, 0.025, 0.975)



An object of class bayesnecfit or bayesmanecfit returned by bnec.


The desired percentage effect value. This must be a value between 1 and 99 (for type = "relative" and "absolute"), defaults to 10.


The number of unique x values over which to find ECx -- large values will make the ECx estimate more precise.


A logical value indicating if the full posterior sample of calculated ECx values should be returned instead of just the median and 95 credible intervals.


A character vector, taking values of "relative", "absolute" (the default) or "direct". See Details.


A character vector, taking values of "max" or "control". See Details.


A range of x values over which to consider extracting ECx.


A function to apply to the returned estimated concentration values.


A vector indicating the probability values over which to return the estimated ECx value. Defaults to 0.5 (median) and 0.025 and 0.975 (95 percent credible intervals).


A vector containing the estimated ECx value, including upper and lower 95% credible interval bounds.


type "relative" is calculated as the percentage decrease from the maximum predicted value of the response (top) to the minimum predicted value of the response. Type "absolute" (the default) is calculated as the percentage decrease from the maximum value of the response (top) to 0. Type "direct" provides a direct estimate of the x value for a given y. Note that for the current version, ECx for an "nechorme" (NEC Hormesis) model is estimated at a percent decline from the control.

For hormesis_def, if "max", then ECx values are calculated as a decline from the maximum estimates (i.e. the peak at NEC); if "control", then ECx values are calculated relative to the control, which is assumed to be the lowest observed concentration.

Calls to functions ecx and nsec and compare_fitted do not require the same level of flexibility in the context of allowing argument newdata (from a posterior_predict perspective) to be supplied manually, as this is and should be handled within the function itself. The argument resolution controls how precisely the ecx or nsec value is estimated, with argument x_range allowing estimation beyond the existing range of the observed data (otherwise the default range) which can be useful in a small number of cases. There is also no reasonable case where estimating these from the raw data would be of value, because both functions would simply return one of the treatment concentrations, making NOEC a better metric in that case.

See also


# \donttest{
ecx(manec_example, ecx_val = 50)
#>      Q50     Q2.5    Q97.5 
#> 1.672709 1.610238 1.731829 
#> attr(,"resolution")
#> [1] 1000
#> attr(,"ecx_val")
#> [1] 50
#> attr(,"toxicity_estimate")
#> [1] "ecx"
#>       Q50      Q2.5     Q97.5 
#> 1.4908009 0.9406099 1.5626864 
#> attr(,"resolution")
#> [1] 1000
#> attr(,"ecx_val")
#> [1] 10
#> attr(,"toxicity_estimate")
#> [1] "ecx"
# }