[R] repeated measure with quantitative independent variable

Cristiano Alessandro cri.alessandro at gmail.com
Mon Dec 14 14:43:29 CET 2015

Hi all,

I am new to R, and I am trying to set up a repeated measure analysis 
with a quantitative (as opposed to factorized/categorical) 
within-subjects variable. For a variety of reasons I am not using 
linear-mixed models, rather I am trying to fit a General Linear Model (I 
am aware of assumptions and limitations) to assess whether the value of 
the within-subjects variable affects statistically significantly the 
response variable. I have two questions. To make myself clear I propose 
the following exemplary dataset (where myfactor_nc is the quantitative 
within-subjects variable; i.e. each subject performs the experiment 
three times -- nc_factor=1,2,3 -- and produces the response in variable dv).

dv <- c(1,3,4,2,2,3,2,5,6,3,4,4,3,5,6);
subject <- 
myfactor_nc <- c(1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3)
mydata_nc <- data.frame(dv, subject, myfactor_nc)

*Question 1 (using function aov)*

Easily done...

am1_nc <- aov(dv ~ myfactor_nc + Error(subject/myfactor_nc), data=mydata_nc)

Unlike the case when myfactor_nc is categorical, this produces three 
error strata: Error: subject, Error: subject:myfactor_nc, Error: Within. 
I cannot understand the meaning of the latter. How is that computed?

*Question 2 (using function lm)*

Now I would like to do the same with the functions lm() and Anova() 
(from the car package). What I have done so far (please correct me if I 
am mistaking) is the following:

# Unstack the dataset
dvm <- with(mydata_nc, cbind(dv[myfactor_nc==1],dv[myfactor_nc==2], 

#Fit the linear model
mlm1 <- lm(dvm ~ 1)

(is that model above correct for my design?)

Now I should use the Anova function, but it seems that it only accepts 
factors, and not quantitative within-subject variable.

Any help is highly appreciated!


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