[R-sig-ME] Another case of -1.0 correlation of random effects

Kevin E. Thorpe kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca
Tue Apr 13 15:28:18 CEST 2010

Ben Bolker wrote:
>   Something (don't know what) is currently broken in the lme4a build
> process on r-forge, which doesn't necessarily mean that the package
> itself is broken (it passes tests and installs fine on my system).  You
> have two choices:
>  (1) follow the instructions on r-forge to download the full SVN
> repository; build the package from source. (You will need SVN tools as
> well as the full suite of R-building tools -- compiler etc etc.)
>  (2) I can send/post a binary build of the current SVN version easily
> (which will install if you have the necessary tools to build from source
> -- this gets you out of needing the SVN tools above, but you still need
> compiler etc). I have shipped a version off to the R-project windows
> cross-building service, so I could also send/post a Windows binary if
> you like. Can you send sessionInfo() output?

I posted my sessionInfo() in my OP, but I'll give it below again.  In 
any case, I run on Linux and always build R from source, so I have the 
compiler tools.  I also have subversion.

 > sessionInfo()
R version 2.10.1 Patched (2009-12-29 r50852)

  [1] LC_CTYPE=en_US       LC_NUMERIC=C         LC_TIME=en_US
  [7] LC_PAPER=en_US       LC_NAME=C            LC_ADDRESS=C

attached base packages:
[1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base

other attached packages:
[1] lme4_0.999375-32   Matrix_0.999375-33 lattice_0.17-26

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
[1] grid_2.10.1  tools_2.10.1

> Kevin E. Thorpe wrote:
>> Douglas Bates wrote:
>>> On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 8:00 AM, Kevin E. Thorpe
>>> <kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca> wrote:
>>>> Kevin E. Thorpe wrote:
>>>> Regarding lme4a: how do I obtain it?  I guess that comes down to, what is
>>>> the repository to give to install.packages()?  Does it require a different
>>>> Matrix package than the one I have, which is, 0.999375-33 and if so, how do
>>>> I not break my current lme4/Matrix combination?
>>> The repository is http://R-forge.R-project.org but be aware that lme4a
>>> is under active development and not guaranteed against breakage.  It
>>> would be inadvisable to rely on functions and classes in that package
>>> to persist.
>> I tried to get lme4a but am having problems.
>>  > install.packages("lme4a", repos="http://R-Forge.R-project.org")
>> Warning message:
>> In getDependencies(pkgs, dependencies, available, lib) :
>>    package 'lme4a' is not available
>> Also, if I try and download the package source directly from:
>> http://r-forge.r-project.org/src/contrib/lme4a_0.999375-48.tar.gz
>> which comes from the "R Packages" tab of the lme4 project pages I get 

Kevin E. Thorpe
Biostatistician/Trialist, Knowledge Translation Program
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto
email: kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca  Tel: 416.864.5776  Fax: 416.864.3016

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