[R-sig-ME] lme4: Parameter contrasts?

Carpenter, Tom tcarpenter at spu.edu
Thu Feb 5 02:25:19 CET 2015

Hoping someone has some advice here. I recently made the switch from using HLM to lmer. I know that in HLM, you could do a parameter contrast (e.g., contrast two fixed effects against each other and test the significance of the contrast). I was curious if anyone knows how to do this in R? I have run a model in lmer (with standardized predictors) and wish to see if one fixed effect is significantly larger (more predictive) than other fixed effect.

If that is not possible in lme4, does anyone have any advice for how to bootstrap it? I’m fine letting the thing run overnight to get a 95% CI if anyone has any suggestions.

Tom Carpenter, Ph.D.
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