[R-sig-ME] keeping both numerically and factor coded factors
Ben Bolker
bbo|ker @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Mon Jul 22 17:56:19 CEST 2019
Elisa,
Can you say a little more about what your factor represents?
It probably *doesn't* make sense to collapse your factor to an integer
for the purpose of allowing a diagonal covariance matrix, unless:
* it's reasonable to treat the factor levels as sequential values with
equal differences between each successive pair (e.g., time), OR
* the factor only has two levels anyway
Another simplifying strategy is to use a compound-symmetric model
(equal correlations among all pairs of levels): if your original model
is (f|g) (where f is a factor and g is your grouping variable), then
(1|g/f) will generate a CS model.
cheers
Ben Bolker
On 2019-07-22 10:24 a.m., Robert Long wrote:
> Dear Elisa
>
> Is this factor a grouping variable (for random intercepts) or a random
> slope ? How many levels does it have ? And lease can you give us the full
> model formula.
>
>
>
> On Mon, 22 Jul 2019, 12:17 MONACO Elisa via R-sig-mixed-models, <
> r-sig-mixed-models using r-project.org> wrote:
>
>> Dear list,
>> looking at the correlation values of my random effects, as well as the
>> fact that my model fails to converge, it makes sense to me to simplify its
>> random structure (while keeping maximal and according to our hp the fixed
>> structure).
>> One way is to remove correlations, and I know that the || notation works
>> only with numerically coded factors.
>> As far as I understood, I have two options:
>> 1) use the package afex, putting my model as object of mixed and adding
>> "expand_re=true"
>> 2) use the original factor, by default read as "int"
>>
>> I want to use the option 2) because with mixed I can't apply the PCA
>> function for random effects to check if my model is over parameterized.
>>
>> My questions are:
>> a) is it true that I can use my factor as it is when read by R, i.e.
>> "int"?
>> b) if yes, does it make sense to keep in the model both the factor in
>> the nominal form as fixed effect and the factor in the numerical form as
>> random effect?
>>
>> Many thanks for your help,
>>
>> Elisa Monaco | PhD student
>>
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