[R-sig-ME] Intercept Variance Components Equal 0- Change Score

Daniel P Moriarity tu|98250 @end|ng |rom temp|e@edu
Sat Sep 14 05:03:29 CEST 2019

Hello all,

I am revising some MLMs using lmer and a reviewer suggested we use change
scores as our outcome. When I did so, I noticed that the variance
components for the intercept were both 0 (see below) regardless of the
variable I was predicting to (all 6 are now change scores). Any ideas as to
why this might be? The change scores are not person-centered, and we
confirmed that there is between-person variability using the VAR function
(see below the random effects ouput). Thank you.

Random effects:

  Groups   Name        Variance Std.Dev.

ID       (Intercept)  0.00    0.000

Residual             19.46    4.411

Number of obs: 310, groups:  ID, 130

> var(Data_group_by$CDI_Change)
[1] 6.353349

My best,

Doctoral Student, Clinical Area
Mood and Cognition Lab
Department of Psychology
Temple University
1701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
daniel.moriarity using temple.edu <hannah.frank using temple.edu>

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