Annotated example analysis using mixed models

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Jessica Nelson (Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh) uploaded a step-by-step example analysis using mixed models to her blog. Each step is nicely annotated and Jessica also discusses some common problems she encountered while trying to analyze her data using mixed models. I think this is a nice example for anyone trying to learn to use mixed models. It goes through all/most of the steps outlined in Victor Kuperman and my WOMM tutorial (click on the graph to see it full size):

Centering several variables

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One of the most common issues in regression analyses of even balanced experimental data is collinearity between main effects and interactions. To avoid this problem, a simple first step is to center all predictors. In my experience folks often fail to do that simply because it’s a bit more work and we’re all lazy. So here’s an attempt at a simple R function that takes single variables as well as entire dataframes. Read the rest of this entry »

One slide on developing a regression model with interpretable coefficients

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While Victor Kuperman and I are preparing our slides for WOMM, I’ve been thinking about how to visualize the process from input variables to a full model. Even though it involves many steps that hugely depend on the type of regression model, which in turn depends on the type of outcome (dependent) variable, there are a number of steps that one always needs to go through if we want interpretable coefficient estimates (as well as unbiased standard error estimates for those coefficients).


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