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## A brief introduction to mixed effects modelling and multi-model inference in ecology

Generalized linear mixed models or GLMMs are an extension of linear mixed models to allow response variables from different distributions, such as binary responses.

Alternatively, you could think of GLMMs as an extension of generalized linear models e. The general form of the model in matrix notation is:. To recap:. So our grouping variable is the doctor. Not every doctor sees the same number of patients, ranging from just 2 patients all the way to 40 patients, averaging about The total number of patients is the sum of the patients seen by each doctor. For simplicity, we are only going to consider random intercepts.

We will let every other effect be fixed for now. The reason we want any random effects is because we expect that mobility scores within doctors may be correlated. There are many reasons why this could be. For example, doctors may have specialties that mean they tend to see lung cancer patients with particular symptoms or some doctors may see more advanced cases, such that within a doctor, patients are more homogeneous than they are between doctors.

To put this example back in our matrix notation, we would have:. Because we are only modeling random intercepts, it is a special matrix in our case that only codes which doctor a patient belongs to.

So in this case, it is all 0s and 1s. Each column is one doctor and each row represents one patient one row in the dataset. If the patient belongs to the doctor in that column, the cell will have a 1, 0 otherwise. This also means that it is a sparse matrix i. This is why it can become computationally burdensome to add random effects, particularly when you have a lot of groups we have doctors.

In all cases, the matrix will contain mostly zeros, so it is always sparse. In the graphical representation, the line appears to wiggle because the number of patients per doctor varies. In order to see the structure in more detail, we could also zoom in on just the first 10 doctors. The filled space indicates rows of observations belonging to the doctor in that column, whereas the white space indicates not belonging to the doctor in that column. Instead, we nearly always assume that:.

Because we directly estimated the fixed effects, including the fixed effect intercept, random effect complements are modeled as deviations from the fixed effect, so they have mean zero. So what is left to estimate is the variance. However, it can be larger. For example, suppose that we had a random intercept and a random slope, then. In particular, we know that it is square, symmetric, and positive semidefinite.

We also know that this matrix has redundant elements. It is usually designed to contain non redundant elements unlike the variance covariance matrix and to be parameterized in a way that yields more stable estimates than variances such as taking the natural logarithm to ensure that the variances are positive. Regardless of the specifics, we can say that. Various parameterizations and constraints allow us to simplify the model for example by assuming that the random effects are independent , which would imply the true structure is.

The most common residual covariance structure is. This structure assumes a homogeneous residual variance for all conditional observations and that they are conditionally independent.

Other structures can be assumed such as compound symmetry or autoregressive. The final model depends on the distribution assumed, but is generally of the form:. There we are working with variables that we subscript rather than vectors as before. Substituting in the level 2 equations into level 1, yields the mixed model specification. Here we grouped the fixed and random intercept parameters together to show that combined they give the estimated intercept for a particular doctor.

Up to this point everything we have said applies equally to linear mixed models as to generalized linear mixed models.

In addition, rather than modeling the responses directly, some link function is often applied, such as a log link. We will talk more about this in a minute. So what are the different link functions and families? There are many options, but we are going to focus on three, link functions and families for binary outcomes, count outcomes, and then tie it back in to continuous normally distributed outcomes.

For a binary outcome, we use a logistic link function and the probability density function, or PDF, for the logistic. These are:. For a count outcome, we use a log link function and the probability mass function, or PMF, for the poisson. Note that we call this a probability mass function rather than probability density function because the support is discrete i.

For a continuous outcome where we assume a normal distribution, the most common link function is simply the identity. In this case, there are some special properties that simplify things:. So you can see how when the link function is the identity, it essentially drops out and we are back to our usual specification of means and variances for the normal distribution, which is the model used for typical linear mixed models. Thus generalized linear mixed models can easily accommodate the specific case of linear mixed models, but generalize further.

On the linearized metric after taking the link function , interpretation continues as usual. However, it is often easier to back transform the results to the original metric. For example, in a random effects logistic model, one might want to talk about the probability of an event given some specific values of the predictors. Likewise in a poisson count model, one might want to talk about the expected count rather than the expected log count.

These transformations complicate matters because they are nonlinear and so even random intercepts no longer play a strictly additive role and instead can have a multiplicative effect. This section discusses this concept in more detail and shows how one could interpret the model results.

We allow the intercept to vary randomly by each doctor. We might make a summary table like this for the results. The estimates can be interpreted essentially as always. For example, for IL6, a one unit increase in IL6 is associated with a.

Similarly, people who are married or living as married are expected to have. Many people prefer to interpret odds ratios. However, these take on a more nuanced meaning when there are mixed effects. In regular logistic regression, the odds ratios the expected odds ratio holding all the other predictors fixed. The same is true with mixed effects logistic models, with the addition that holding everything else fixed includes holding the random effect fixed.

Although this can make sense, when there is large variability between doctors, the relative impact of the fixed effects such as marital status may be small. In this case, it is useful to examine the effects at various levels of the random effects or to get the average fixed effects marginalizing the random effects.

Generally speaking, software packages do not include facilities for getting estimated values marginalizing the random effects so it requires some work by hand. To do this, we will calculate the predicted probability for every patient in our sample holding the random doctor effect at 0, and then at some other values to see how the distribution of probabilities of being in remission in our sample might vary if they all had the same doctor, but which doctor varied.

So for all four graphs, we plot a histogram of the estimated probability of being in remission on the x-axis, and the number of cases in our sample in a given bin.

The random effects, however, are varied being held at the values shown, which are the 20th, 40th, 60th, and 80th percentiles. The x axis is fixed to go from 0 to 1 in all cases so that we can easily compare. What you can see is that although the distribution is the same across all levels of the random effects because we hold the random effects constant within a particular histogram , the position of the distribution varies tremendously. Thus simply ignoring the random effects and focusing on the fixed effects would paint a rather biased picture of the reality.

Incorporating them, it seems that although there will definitely be within doctor variability due to the fixed effects patient characteristics , there is more variability due to the doctor. Not incorporating random effects, we might conclude that in order to maximize remission, we should focus on diagnosing and treating people earlier younger age , good relationships marital status , and low levels of circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines IL6.

Including the random effects, we might conclude that we should focus on training doctors. We could fit a similar model for a count outcome, number of tumors. Counts are often modeled as coming from a poisson distribution, with the canonical link being the log. The interpretations again follow those for a regular poisson model, for a one unit increase in Age, the expected log count of tumors increases. People who are married are expected to have.

Finally, for a one unit increase in IL6, the expected log count of tumors increases. It can be more useful to talk about expected counts rather than expected log counts. However, we get the same interpretational complication as with the logistic model. The expected counts are conditional on every other value being held constant again including the random doctor effects. So for example, we could say that people who are married are expected to have.

Like we did with the mixed effects logistic model, we can plot histograms of the expected counts from our model for our entire sample, holding the random effects at specific values. Here at the 20th, 40th, 60th, and 80th percentiles. This gives us a sense of how much variability in tumor count can be expected by doctor the position of the distribution versus by fixed effects the spread of the distribution within each graph.

This time, there is less variability so the results are less dramatic than they were in the logistic example. For power and reliability of estimates, often the limiting factor is the sample size at the highest unit of analysis.

For example, having patients from each of ten doctors would give you a reasonable total number of observations, but not enough to get stable estimates of doctor effects nor of the doctor-to-doctor variation. For parameter estimation, because there are not closed form solutions for GLMMs, you must use some approximation.

Three are fairly common. Another issue that can occur during estimation is quasi or complete separation. Complete separation means that the outcome variable separate a predictor variable completely, leading perfect prediction by the predictor variable. ## Mixed Models

Documentation Help Center. A mixed-effects model is a statistical model that incorporates both fixed effects and random effects. Fixed effects are population parameters assumed to be the same each time data is collected, and random effects are random variables associated with each sample individual from a population. Mixed-effects models work with small sample sizes and sparse data sets, and are often used to make inferences on features underlying profiles of repeated measurements from a group of individuals from a population of interest. As with all regression models, their purpose is to describe a response variable as a function of the predictor independent variables. Mixed-effects models, however, recognize correlations within sample subgroups, providing a reasonable compromise between ignoring data groups entirely, thereby losing valuable information, and fitting each group separately, which requires significantly more data points.

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## Introduction to Generalized Linear Mixed Models

Linear Mixed Effects models are used for regression analyses involving dependent data. Such data arise when working with longitudinal and other study designs in which multiple observations are made on each subject. Some specific linear mixed effects models are. Random intercepts models , where all responses in a group are additively shifted by a value that is specific to the group.

Generalized linear mixed models or GLMMs are an extension of linear mixed models to allow response variables from different distributions, such as binary responses. Alternatively, you could think of GLMMs as an extension of generalized linear models e. The general form of the model in matrix notation is:. To recap:.

### Fixed effects model

In statistics , a fixed effects model is a statistical model in which the model parameters are fixed or non-random quantities. This is in contrast to random effects models and mixed models in which all or some of the model parameters are random variables. In many applications including econometrics  and biostatistics     a fixed effects model refers to a regression model in which the group means are fixed non-random as opposed to a random effects model in which the group means are a random sample from a population. The group means could be modeled as fixed or random effects for each grouping. In a fixed effects model each group mean is a group-specific fixed quantity. In panel data where longitudinal observations exist for the same subject, fixed effects represent the subject-specific means. The following information was supplied regarding data availability:. The use of linear mixed effects models LMMs is increasingly common in the analysis of biological data. Whilst LMMs offer a flexible approach to modelling a broad range of data types, ecological data are often complex and require complex model structures, and the fitting and interpretation of such models is not always straightforward. The ability to achieve robust biological inference requires that practitioners know how and when to apply these tools. Here, we provide a general overview of current methods for the application of LMMs to biological data, and highlight the typical pitfalls that can be encountered in the statistical modelling process.

Davidian, M. and Giltinan, D.M. (), “Nonlinear Models for Repeated Introduction. Nonlinear mixed effects model: aka hierarchical nonlinear model fixed or random efiects?” Common special case – linear population model β.

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