[R] Help with lme4 model specification

ONKELINX, Thierry Thierry.ONKELINX at inbo.be
Thu May 7 09:57:43 CEST 2009

Please note that the case of characters is important in R. Hence "True"
differs from "TRUE". You need to use REML = TRUE instead of REML = True!
The only valid logical values are TRUE, FALSE, T and F. But I recommend
to use only TRUE and FALSE. Because you can overwrite T and F. You could
do something like T <- FALSE, which is ofcourse not a good idea. TRUE
and FALSE can not be overwritten.



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Onderwerp: [R] Help with lme4 model specification

I am new to R and am trying to specify a model for mixed model analysis.

When I run the following model I get an error:

AAT<- lmer(Y ~ S + A + (1|S:A/H), data=AT, REML=True)

The error looks like this:

Error in Spar_loc:`:` : NA/NaN argument
In addition: Warning messages:
1: In model.matrix.default(mt, mf, contrasts) :
  variable 'Spar_loc' converted to a factor
2: In Spar_loc:`:` :
  numerical expression has 720 elements: only the first used

I am having trouble specifying th random component.  It should reflect
random term as H nested within the interaction of S & A.  What am I
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