[R-sig-ME] "varFunc" classes

Thierry Onkelinx thierry.onkelinx at inbo.be
Tue Dec 13 10:15:38 CET 2016

Dear Dan,

You are looking for the nlme package.

Best regards,


ir. Thierry Onkelinx
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2016-12-13 9:48 GMT+01:00 Dan Jackson <dan_476 op hotmail.co.uk>:

> Dear lme4 authors,
> I am sure you are very busy so I will just ask my question very quickly. I
> was reading the book "Mixed-effects models in S and S-plus" by Pinheiro and
> Bates. On the top of page 208 of this book, there is a Table 5.1 that
> implements various "varFunc" classes. One of these classes would seem to be
> what I need for my data: varIdent - different variances per stratum. I do
> know that different subets in my data have very different variances you
> see,
> so I would need to include this.
> However this book relates to S-plus and I am not sure if this has been
> implemented in R, in the glmer package? My data are continuous so I would
> just need this for lmer (and not glmer). If it has not been implemented is
> there any "workaround"?
> Thanks in advance for any advice, Dan Jackson
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