[R-sig-ME] Defining interaction in random effects in lme4

Dominik Ćepulić dcepulic at gmail.com
Mon Jan 8 10:21:06 CET 2018

Dear everybody!

My fixed-effects-only model looks like this: glmer(Accuracy ~ C.RT*Group,
data = da)

C.RT is the reaction time variable, and Group is a categorical variable
with 0 and 1 as values. I would like to specify that main intercept, Group
intercept, C.RT slope and C.RT*Group slope vary across subjects and trials.

All subjects have values in Group = 0 and in Group = 1. Trials are nested
within Group because each trial belongs either to Group = 0 or Group = 1.
How should I specify the model?

My ideas were:

   1. glmer(Accuracy ~ C.RT*Group + (C.RT*Group|subject) + (1+C.RT|trial),
   data = da)

    2. glmer(Accuracy ~ C.RT*Group + (1+C.RT|Group:subject) +
(1+C.RT|Group:trial), data = da)

Here, Group:trial does not make much sense as trials are*per se* divided in
Group 0 or Group 1.

What is, in your opinion, the best way to specify the model that I want to

Additionally, the difference between (1+C.RT|Group:subject)and
(C.RT*Object|subject) is not clear to me. Can someone also shed some light


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