# [R] lme versus proc mixed in SAS

Dimitris Rizopoulos dimitris.rizopoulos at med.kuleuven.ac.be
Wed May 4 15:42:52 CEST 2005

```check this:

library(nlme)
B <- 1000
N <- 100
n <- 5
x <- rep(runif(N, -4, 4), each=n)
gr <- rep(1:N, each=n)
####################
T <- numeric(B)
for(i in 1:B){
y <- rnorm(N*n, 1 + 1.5*x)
L0 <- lm(y~x)
L1 <- lme(y~x, random=~1|gr, method="ML")
T[i] <- anova(L1, L0)\$L.Ratio[2]
}
hist(T, prob=TRUE, breaks=100)

I hope it helps.

Best,
Dimitris

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Catholic University of Leuven

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Beatrijs Moerkerke" <Beatrijs.Moerkerke at UGent.be>
To: <r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>
Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2005 12:03 PM
Subject: [R] lme versus proc mixed in SAS

> Dear all,
>
> I am trying to simulate the null distribution for the likelihood
> ratio test statistic for testing 1 random effect versus no random
> effect.  The asymptotic null distribution should be a mixture of a
> chi-squared distribution with 0 degrees of freedom and a chi-squared
> distribution with 1 degree of freedom.  This means that I expect a
> point mass of 50% on 0 for the likelihood ratio test statistic.
> However, when I generate data using no random effects and when I
> calculate the test statistics for these data, I never obtain exactly
> zero.  I think this might be due to rounding errors but in fact, 70%
> of the calculated test statistics are negative.  I have compared a
> few of these results with the results in proc MIXED and I found that
> SAS does give test statistics that are exactly zero and gives no
> negative results.
>
> The code I use for calculating the likelihood ratio test statistics
> is as follows:
>
> a1<-summary(lme(y~x,random=~1|gr,method="ML"))\$logLik
> a2<-logLik(lm(y~x))
> (-2*(a2-a1))
>
> I don't know how I can simulate the null distribution in R using
> lme.
>
>
> Kind regards,
> Beatrijs Moerkerke
>
> --
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> Ghent University
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