[R-sig-ME] mixed model with non-continuous numeric response

Reinhold Kliegl reinhold.kliegl at gmail.com
Mon Dec 22 13:40:29 CET 2008

( ...,  family="poisson")  is the most used option for count data

Reinhold Kliegl

On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 12:54 PM, Daniel Ezra Johnson
<danielezrajohnson at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I have survey results where the response is 1, 2, 3, or 4. These can
> be thought of as equally-spaced points on a scale, I don't have a
> problem with that. (They're actually more like "not at all", "some",
> "mostly", "totally"; the subject is judging a stimulus.)
> I want to model crossed random effects for Subject and Item. Am I way
> off base in modeling this data with a lmer(family="gaussian") model? I
> know it's not perfect, but is it really bad? If so, what could I do
> instead? (The error certainly wouldn't be binomial, right?)
> Thanks,
> Daniel
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