Re: [R] doubly multivariate analysis in R

From: Jonathan Baron <>
Date: Mon 05 Jul 2004 - 10:55:57 EST

On 07/04/04 16:06, Ludo Max wrote:
>20 subjects were measured in 5 conditions (thus repeated measures) and
>for each subject in each condition there are 4 response measures (thus
>multivariate as it is a combined score that needs to be compared across
>the conditions).
>So, using a multivariate approach to repeated measures this is a doubly
>multivariate analysis.
>I would appreciate any suggestions as to the best way to do such a
>doubly multivariate analysis in R (I have done it in SPSS and SAS but
>would like to see what it takes to do the same in R).

This is the format of most of what I do. You might find it useful to look at our "Notes on R for psychology...", reachable through the R page in my signature.

But the real answer depends heavily on what you want to find out. I use the same basic format for most of what I do - experiments on the Web using Javascript to generate items and questions - but the data analysis varies greatly from study to study, so the format does not determine the analysis.

I do put all my analysis scripts and experiments in my web page under "Public archives...." If you go back and forth between the experiments and the R scripts, you can even get some idea of the relation between the two, although probably not much. (Also, some of these are pretty old and I've found much better ways to do things in both R and JavaScript.) At least you might find these helpful for getting started.

Now, I usually use an array with the dimensions: subjects, conditions, and questions. A lot of what I do involves calculating within-subject correlations and regressions. I used to do that entirely with loops, but lately I've found that R's mapply() function can do some of it, as well as apply().


Jonathan Baron, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
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