[R] Parallelize lme4

chiarosscuro chiarosscuro at gmail.com
Fri Aug 12 20:42:21 CEST 2016

Hi all,

In using the lme4 package to construct multi-level models, I notice that
for large datasets (~300000 data points, >100 groups, possibly cross/nested
effects) model fitting can be very slow (>2 hours).  I have even larger
data sets that I'd like to model, but hesitate due to concerns about run

To that end, is it possible to parallelize/multithread lme4?
Alternatively, can SparkR be configured to run lme4?  Finally, if neither
is possible, what can be done to speed up lme4?


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