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 eventTimeandit 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


Eliot McIntire


  sim <- simInit(times = list(start = 0, end = 2))
#> Setting:
#>   options(
#>     rasterTmpDir = '/tmp/RtmpqFmubO/raster'
#>     reproducible.cachePath = '/tmp/RtmpqFmubO/myProject/cache'
#>     spades.inputPath = '/tmp/RtmpqFmubO/myProject/inputs'
#>     spades.outputPath = '/tmp/RtmpqFmubO/myProject/outputs'
#>     spades.modulePath = '/tmp/RtmpqFmubO/myProject/modules'
#>   )
  condition <- "sim$age > 1" # provide as string
  condition <- quote(sim$age > 1) # provide as a call
  condition <- expression(sim$age > 1) # provide as an expression
  sim <- scheduleConditionalEvent(sim, condition, "firemodule", "burn")
#>      condition minEventTime maxEventTime moduleName eventType eventPriority
#> 1: sim$age > 1            0            2 firemodule      burn             5
  sim <- spades(sim) # no changes to sim$age, i.e., it is absent
#> Jan18 19:19:20 chckpn  total elpsd: 0.0011 secs | 0 checkpoint init 0
#> Jan18 19:19:20 save    total elpsd: 0.0026 secs | 0 save init 0
#> Jan18 19:19:20 prgrss  total elpsd: 0.0036 secs | 0 progress init 0
#> Jan18 19:19:20 load    total elpsd: 0.0045 secs | 0 load init 0
#> simList saved in
#>  SpaDES.core:::.pkgEnv$.sim 
#> It will be deleted at next spades() call.
  events(sim) # nothing scheduled
#> Null data.table (0 rows and 0 cols)
  sim$age <- 2 # change the value
  sim <- spades(sim) # Run spades, the condition is now true, so event is
#> Jan18 19:19:20        Conditional Event -- sim$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