[R-sig-ME] thoughts on variable importance

Ben Bolker bbolker at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 14:54:28 CEST 2018

Methodology questions are fine, but can you spell out your question a bit more?

On Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 8:34 AM, Farrar, David <Farrar.David at epa.gov> wrote:
> There is probably some tendency for studies to be planned so that the variables thought to be most important can be evaluated as fixed effects, as I did.
> For analysis of a small field environmental field study, I eyeballed the BLUPs for a few nuisance variables, and noted that they did not suggest effects as large as for those variables that interested us most.   Thoughts?
> My apology if a methodology question is not favored here.   I did not think it was a question about introductory mixed models.
> Regards,
> David
> David Farrar, Ph.D., Biostatistician
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