[R-meta] mods~factor

Viechtbauer, Wolfgang (SP) wo||g@ng@v|echtb@uer @end|ng |rom m@@@tr|chtun|ver@|ty@n|
Tue Jun 29 13:10:01 CEST 2021

Dear Angelo,

The factor() function is not something from metafor, but is part of R itself.

String variables are automatically converted to factors, so using factor() on them doesn't change anything.

As for the interpretation of results when including factor variables in models, see:



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>Subject: [R-meta] mods~factor
>I am having some trouble with the "factor" command in metafor.
>I am not able to get the split for the variable field. it is a string
>value. whether i add "mods~factor(field)"  or not I get the same main
>effect results, and there is no error message. Can anyone help me figure
>out what I am doing wrong?
>res <- rma(yi,vi, mods~factor(field), data=Outcomes1, method = "HS",
>subset=(ID=="XX" | ID=="XY"))
>Thanks a lot for your help,

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