[R] Means from balanced incomplete block design

From: N.W.Galwey <nw.galwey_at_ukonline.co.uk>
Date: Sun 22 Jan 2006 - 09:52:47 EST


The code below is intended to analyse a textbook example of a balanced incomplete block design:

#
# Data taken from pp. 219-230 in
# Cox, D.R. (1958) Planning of Experiments. John Wiley and Son, Inc. New
York. 308 pp.
#

day <- factor(rep(1:10, each = 3))
T <- factor(c("T4","T5","T1","T4","T2","T5","T2","T4","T1","T5",

   "T3","T1","T3","T4","T5","T2","T3","T1","T3","T1",    "T4","T3","T5","T2","T2","T3","T4","T5","T1","T2")) response <- c(4.43,3.16,1.40,5.09,1.81,4.54,3.91,6.02,3.32,4.66,

   3.09,3.56,3.66,2.81,4.66,1.60,2.13,1.31,4.26,3.86,    5.87,2.57,3.06,3.45,3.31,5.10,5.42,5.53,4.46,3.94) incomplt.blk.modelaov <-

   aov(response ~ T + Error(day))
summary(incomplt.blk.modelaov)
model.tables(incomplt.blk.modelaov, type = "means", se = TRUE)

It gives the correct anova, but the attempt to extract the treatment means using function model.tables() produces the following error:

Error in FUN(X[[1]], ...) : eff.aovlist: non-orthogonal contrasts would give an incorrect answer

Is there a way to obtain these means, either with or without recovery of inter-block information?

(N.B. The means with recovery of inter-block information can be obtained from lme() after loading package nlme, but I'd like to do this using an anova approach rather than a mixed modelling approach if possible.)

Thank you in anticipation.

Nick Galwey



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