[R] Negative binomial GAMM using 'by' in factor interactions

Bert Gunter bgunter.4567 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 10 08:10:04 CET 2017

Your queries appear to concern statistical issues. This list is about
R programming and related; statistical issues are typically OT here.
stats.stackexchange.com or a local statistical expert are probably
better places to seek statistical advice.

Bert Gunter

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On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 8:14 PM, Eva Maria Leunissen
<eva.leunissen at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am using a GAMM to model my data (this is as far as I know the only way I
> can use the negative binomial distribution AND a correlation structure
> within the model).
> I measured animal detections (including zero detections) per hour at 3
> different locations in an area. location is a factor in my model and the
> other possible explanatory variables are environmental variables and level
> of disturbance.
> I'm expecting the response to be different at the 3 different locations for
> each variable so have been modelling the terms as interactions with each of
> the 3 factor levels of location using the 'by' argument in the 'ti'
> smoothing term, as well as 'location' as a variable by itself. Does it make
> sense to include the main effect as well as the interaction term? for
> example for including the variable 'windspeed': if including the term
> ti(windspeed, by=location), is it necessary to also include s(windspeed)?
> or would it only make sense to inlcude them in separate models only and
> compare the models?
> As far as I understand the 'by' argument calculates a separate smooth for
> each of the factor levels, so if the effect was the same at each location
> it wouldn't hurt to use the 'ti' smooth with the 'by' argument if the
> effect of the variable was the same at each location.
> The issue I'm having is that by including both terms and then doing model
> selection gives me many very similar models within a deltaAIC of 6 of the
> best model, where the differences lie in the inclusion of main effects when
> the 'interaction' is also there. The inclusion of the interaction term
> gives bigger changes in AIC compared to the inclusion of the main effect.
> This brings me to my other question. Is it possible to compare GAMMs with a
> negative binomial family using AIC? e.g. using AIC(mod$lme). If not, what
> is the best way to compare them?
> Thank you very much for your time
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