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Mixed Linear Models

  • 13 - 14 June 2024
  • Wageningen Campus
  • Methodology
  • 0.6 ECTS

In this module we discuss how to analyse dependent data, that is, data for which the assumption of independence needed in Linear Models is violated. So: Do you have a nested experimental set-up? Like measurements on large plots, but also on smaller plots within the larger plots? Do you have repeated measurements? Like measurements on height of the same plant over time? Or weight of the same animal over time? Do you have pseudo-replication? Like measuring 3 plants from the same pot? In this sort of situations it is not reasonable to use ordinary ANOVA or regression to analyse your data. These methods are likely too optimistic, and you will get erroneous significant results. And your paper will be returned for, hopefully, a major revision! With mixed linear models a more appropriate model, allowing for dependence between observations, can be specified, which will lead to more reasonable conclusions.

In this module, you will learn about these models (also about the formulation in matrix notation, covariance matrices included), about the way to fit them to your data using software, and about the output produced by the software. In computer sessions participants can practice fitting models of this type, and gain an understanding of the output created by the software. You are encouraged to bring along your own data if you have any. The main statistical software used in this course is R.

Former occurrences of this course

19-20 June 2023   |   9-10 June 2022   |   1-2 July 2021   |   22-23 June 2020   |   27-28 June 2019   |   21-22 June 2018   |   29-30 June 2017   |   27-28 June 2016   |   22-23 June 2015   |   19-20 June 2014   |   20-21 June 2013   |   21-22 June 2012   |   20-21 June 2011   |   21-22 June 2010

  • PE&RC and WIMEK, Wageningen University
  • Yearly
  • 24 participants
  • Knowledge of Basic Statistics and Linear Models and some experience with the software package R are assumed