[R-sig-ME] Interactions between fixed and random effects

Christopher Eckert chris.eckert at queensu.ca
Mon Apr 5 05:39:35 CEST 2010

I apologize if the answer to this query is somewhere totally obvious, but i couldn't find it.

I am trying to analyze an experiment where a set of 22 populations of a dune plant species (populations were randomly chosen from across the species' geographic range) were grown in a glasshouse under two different watering regimes (Water = Control vs. Drought). DryMass is the response variable. There was about 20 individuals from each population grown in each Water treatment.

Population is a random effect, but I would like to test for an interaction between Population and Water -to ask the question: do different populations respond differently to drought?

>From what I can gather this is analogous the random intercepts and slopes model discussed in Zuur et al and elsewhere, except that I am examining a categorical predictor (Water) rather than a continuous predictor.

Am I right in thinking that the basic syntax using lme is:


and the syntax using lmer is:


Thanks very much for any clarification you can send my way.

Chris Eckert
Department of Biology
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6 Canada
chris.eckert at queensu.ca

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