Adds a new event to the simulation's conditional event queue, updating the simulation object by creating or appending to sim$._conditionalEvents. This is very experimental. Use with caution.

  eventPriority = .pkgEnv$.normalVal,
  minEventTime = start(sim),
  maxEventTime = end(sim)



A simList simulation object.


A string, call or expression that will be assessed for TRUE after each event in the regular event queue. It can access objects in the simList by using functions of sim, e.g., "sim$age > 1"


A character string specifying the module from which to call the event. If missing, it will use currentModule(sim)


A character string specifying the type of event from within the module.


A numeric specifying the priority of the event. Lower number means higher priority. As a best practice, it is recommended that decimal values are conceptual grouped by their integer values (e.g., 4.0, 4.25, 4.5 are conceptually similar). See priority.


A numeric specifying the time before which the event should not occur, even if the condition is met. Defaults to start(sim)


A numeric specifying the time after which the event should not occur, even if the condition is met. Defaults to end(sim)


Returns the modified simList object, i.e., sim$._conditionalEvents.

This conditional event queue will be assessed at every single event in the normal event queue. If there are no conditional events, then spades will proceed as normal. As conditional event conditions are found to be true, then it will trigger a call to scheduleEvent(...) with the current time passed to eventTime and it will remove the conditional event from the conditional queue. If the user would like the triggered conditional event to occur as the very next event, then a possible strategy would be to set eventPriority of the conditional event to very low or even negative to ensure it gets inserted at the top of the event queue.


Matloff, N. (2011). The Art of R Programming (ch. 7.8.3). San Francisco, CA: No Starch Press, Inc.. Retrieved from

See also


Eliot McIntire


sim <- simInit(times = list(start = 0, end = 2))
#> Setting: #> options( #> rasterTmpDir = '/tmp/Rtmpk4BZF8/raster' #> reproducible.cachePath = '/tmp/Rtmpk4BZF8/myProject/cache' #> spades.inputPath = '/tmp/Rtmpk4BZF8/myProject/inputs' #> spades.outputPath = '/tmp/Rtmpk4BZF8/myProject/outputs' #> spades.modulePath = '/tmp/Rtmpk4BZF8/myProject/modules' #> )
condition <- "sim$age > 1" # provide as string condition <- quote(sim$age > 1) # provide as a call condition <- expression(sim$age > 1) # provide as an expression sim <- scheduleConditionalEvent(sim, condition, "firemodule", "burn") conditionalEvents(sim)
#> condition minEventTime maxEventTime moduleName eventType eventPriority #> 1: sim$age > 1 0 2 firemodule burn 5
sim <- spades(sim) # no changes to sim$age, i.e., it is absent
#> Sep29 15:00:45 chckpn total elpsd: 0.001 secs | 0 checkpoint init 0
#> Sep29 15:00:45 save total elpsd: 0.0023 secs | 0 save init 0
#> Sep29 15:00:45 prgrss total elpsd: 0.0033 secs | 0 progress init 0
#> Sep29 15:00:45 load total elpsd: 0.0043 secs | 0 load init 0
#> simList saved in #> SpaDES.core:::.pkgEnv$.sim #> It will be deleted at next spades() call.
events(sim) # nothing scheduled
#> Null data.table (0 rows and 0 cols)
sim$age <- 2 # change the value sim <- spades(sim) # Run spades, the condition is now true, so event is
#> Sep29 15:00:45 Conditional Event -- sim$age > 1 is true. Scheduling for now
#> simList saved in #> SpaDES.core:::.pkgEnv$.sim #> It will be deleted at next spades() call.
# scheduled at current time events(sim) # now scheduled in the normal event queue
#> eventTime moduleName eventType eventPriority #> 1: 2 firemodule burn 5