Re: [R] query: lme

From: Andrew Robinson <>
Date: Mon 29 May 2006 - 21:22:37 EST

I'm not exactly certain, but it seems to me that you're including a factor in the LHS of the random term. You might write down the model that you're fitting, and reflect upon it. Of course, there may be a perfectly good reason, but that does make for an exceptionally complicated model. You might try to reinvent your question so that it is matched by a simpler model. Of course, I'm only speculating, because you haven't told us anything about the data, or your intentions.

In general, you might find that the variance covariance matrix of the random effects not being positive definite could be a sign of a model that is not a good match with the available data.



On Mon, May 29, 2006 at 02:15:54AM -0700, Pryseley Assam wrote:
> Good R-users,
> I have difficulties accessing the variance components for an lme fit when the variance covariance matrix of the random effects is not positive definite.
> For example, i fit the following model:
> ggg <- lme (ST~ -1 + as.factor(endp) + as.factor(endp), data=dat2a,
> random=~-1 + as.factor(endp) + as.factor(endp)|as.factor(trials),
> correlation = corSymm(form=~1|as.factor(trials)/as.factor(id)), weights=varIdent(form=~1|endp))
> intervals(ggg, which="var-cov")
> when i try to access the variance components using the 'intervals' function i get the following error message:
> "Error in intervals.lme(ggg, which = "var-cov") :
> Cannot get confidence intervals on var-cov components: Non-positive definite approximate variance-covariance"
> Is there a way out of this? or better still
> Is there another function through which i can access these variance components other than the intervals function?
> Kind regards
> Pryseley
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