[R] linear mixed model question
ONKELINX, Thierry
Thierry.ONKELINX at inbo.be
Mon Sep 7 10:14:53 CEST 2009
Dear Wen,
Since each worker only works on one machine, your model fm2 does not
make sense. Your random effects tries to model how the effect of each
worker differs between machines. But you don't have that kind of
information if a work only works one machine.
HTH,
Thierry
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Namens Wen Huang
Verzonden: zondag 6 september 2009 17:49
Aan: r-help at r-project.org
Onderwerp: [R] linear mixed model question
Hello,
I wanted to fit a linear mixed model to a data that is similar in terms
of design to the 'Machines' data in 'nlme' package except that each
worker (with triplicates) only operates one machine. I created a subset
of observations from 'Machines' data such that it looks the same as the
data I wanted to fit the model with (see code below).
I fitted a model in which 'Machine' was a fixed effect and 'Worker'
was random (intercept), which ran perfectly. Then I decided to
complicate the model a little bit by fitting 'Worker' within 'Machine',
which was saying variation among workers was nested within each machine.
The model could be fitted by 'lme', but when I tried to get confidence
intervals by 'intervals(fm2)' it gave me an error:
Error in intervals.lme(fm2) :
Cannot get confidence intervals on var-cov components: Non-positive
definite approximate variance-covariance
I am wondering if this is because it is impossible to fit a model like
'fm2' or there is some other reasons?
Thanks a lot!
Wen
#################
library(nlme)
data(Machines)
new.data = Machines[c(1:6, 25:30, 49:54), ]
fm1 = lme(score ~ Machine, random = ~1|Worker, data = new.data)
fm1
fm2 = lme(score ~ Machine, random = ~Machine-1|Worker, data = new.data)
fm2
intervals(fm2)
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