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The robustbetareg package allows fitting robust beta regression. Currently, four types of robust estimators are supported. They depend on a tuning constant which may be fixed or selected by a data-driven algorithm also implemented in the package. Diagnostic tools associated with the fitted model, such as the residuals and goodness-of-fit statistics, are implemented. Robust Wald-type tests are available.


You can install the development version of robustbetareg from GitHub with:

# install.packages("devtools")

Main function

The main function of the \(\textbf{robustbetareg}\) package is robustbetareg(), which allows fitting robust beta regression to proportional data on the unit interval \((0,1)\). The arguments of robustbetareg() are:

robustbetareg(formula, data, alpha, type = c("LSMLE", "LMDPDE", "SMLE", "MDPDE"),
  link = c("logit", "probit", "cloglog", "cauchit", "loglog"), link.phi = NULL,
  control = robustbetareg.control(...), model = TRUE, ... )

The robustbetareg() function returns an object of class “robustbetareg”, similar to “betareg” and “glm” objects, for which some methods are available. The summary() method returns a standard output, with coefficient estimates, standard errors, partial Wald-type tests and p values for the regression coefficients, the pseudo \(R^2\), etc.. The type argument in robustbetareg() specifies the type of estimators to be used. The plot() method draws graphs for diagnostic analyses.


## basic example code

In the following, an example is presented to illustrate the capacities of \(\textbf{robustbetareg}\) package. We use the Firm dataset, available in the package.

data("Firm", package = "robustbetareg)

The response variable is FIRMCOST and the covariates are the logarithm of total assets (SIZELOG) and a measure of the firm’s industry risk (INDCOST). In the following, we fit the beta regression model using the maximum likelihood estimator and the LSMLE, a robust estimator, with tuning constant selected by the data-driven algorithm.

# MLE fit (fixed alpha equal to zero)
fit_MLE <- robustbetareg(FIRMCOST ~ SIZELOG + INDCOST,
                         data = Firm, type = "LSMLE", alpha = 0,
                         link.phi = "log")

# LSMLE fit (choosing alpha via the data-driven algorithm)
fit_LSMLE <- robustbetareg(FIRMCOST ~ SIZELOG + INDCOST,
                            data = Firm, type = "LSMLE",
                            link.phi = "log")

The goodness of fit is assessed using diagnostic graphs through the plot method.


Further details and examples on the R package \(\textbf{robustbetareg}\) can be found using the help on R by typing:



Maluf, Y.S., Ferrari, S.L.P., and Queiroz, F.F. (2022). Robust beta regression through the logit transformation. \(\textit{arXiv}\):2209.11315.