[R] lmer{lme4}, poisson family and residuals

Ben Bolker bolker at ufl.edu
Fri Apr 21 19:05:10 CEST 2006

Amelie LESCROEL <lescroel_cebc <at> no-log.org> writes:

> Hello,
> I’m trying to fit the following model:
> Dependent variable: MAXDEPTH (the maximum depth reached by a penguin during
> a given dive)
> Fixed effects: SUCCESSMN (an index of the “individual quality” of a bird),
> STUDYDAY (the day of the study, from -5 to 20, with 0=Dec 20), and the
> Random effect: BIRD (the bird id, as each bird is performing several dives)

  It isn't immediately clear to me why the maximum depth should
be Poisson-distributed ... as R is trying to tell you, Poisson
distributions only make sense for integer data.  Your best bets
are probably (1) reconsider the error distribution, (2) perhaps
trying using nlme instead of lmer -- it is more polished, and you
can use Pinheiro and Bates "Mixed-Effects Models in S and S-PLUS"
as a reference.

  Ben Bolker

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