I'm running JAGS (2.2.0 x64, Win7) from R (2.12.2) via Rjags, and I'm

interested in the mode of the deviance distribution as a rough way to compare

my JAGS model with some similar maximum-likelihood models. According to the

help for dic.samples(), the dic object which is produced by dic.samples() has

an element called "deviance" which is "a list of mcarray objects, one for each

observed stochastic node, containing samples of the deviance." Thus, I was

expecting {dic.object}$deviance_ to be an array of Nsamples numbers, giving

samples of the deviance of node i. However, it turns out that all of the

elements of {dic.object}$deviance have length 1. Does this mean that

{dic.object}$deviance_ gives the mean deviance at node i across all samples?

Is there some way of actually looking at the sampled deviance values so that I

could find the mode of the total deviance?__