[R]: Repeated measurements data

Peter Foster peterf at fs2.ma.man.ac.uk
Mon Jul 26 16:16:50 CEST 1999

I have repeated measures data (over time) for each of 40 individuals
with the number of observations per person varying greatly from 4 to
51.  There are 578 measurements in total.  There are no grouping
variables or other covariates.

I have been using the function carma in the library called growth to
fit a cubic polynomial in time with AR(1) serial correlation plus
measurement error.  However, I have encountered a number of

1.  Varying the initial estimates of the ARMA parameters results in
different fitted models and, in particular, the values of minus
log-likelihood.  How can I choose a "best" model?  Some fitted
models return NaN for some of the se's and/or correlations of the
parameter estiamtes so presumably these can be ruled out.

2.  I am not sure how I specify that I want random effects in the
model and nor the nature of these (eg random intercept or random
intercept and slope, etc).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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