[R-sig-ME] Parameter restrictions

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Mon Oct 4 19:38:17 CEST 2010

On Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 3:07 AM, Felix Lamp <lamp at ese.eur.nl> wrote:
> Dear all,

> is there a simple way in R to add parameter restrictions to linear mixed effects models. Specifically I would like to restrict a slope coefficient to be equal to 1.

That is done by adding an offset, which can be done in two ways.  The
general model might be

lmer(y ~ 1 + x + (1|g))

and the model with the slope restricted to 1 is either

lmer(y ~ 1 + offset(x) + (1|g))


lmer(y ~ 1 + (1|g), offset=x)

IIRC one of them works properly and one doesn't although I can't
recall which one is which.  Try them both.

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