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Method laplace vs RSPL in GLIMMIX

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Method laplace vs RSPL in GLIMMIX

Hi,

I'm running glimmix for a group of categorical variables. I wanted to evaluate models using Akaike, therefore I put laplace as the METHOD, which allow be to obtain AIC values.

seBUT, my question is:  Am I doing something wrong? Because results are very different if using the default method RSPL or the laplace, so I'm afraid I might me skipping something important....

I red that the laplace method wont let you model the R-effect, but I'm not sure if I understand what it means...

So.. please.... Help!!!

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Re: Method laplace vs RSPL in GLIMMIX

Yes, the results will often differ substantially between the pseudo-likelihood methods and the quasi-likelihood methods.  Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a good way to compare competing models under the pseudo-likelihood methods, as the pseudo-data will not be constant.

So, model the repeated nature as a G side parameterization using method=laplace, and trust in those results, as they have been shown to be relatively less biased than the marginal estimates using an R side parameterization.

Steve Denham

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Re: Method laplace vs RSPL in GLIMMIX

Thanks, Steve

But I'm still worried. In the SAS documentation it says that:

'R-side effects in the RANDOM statement do not generate model matrices; they serve only to index observations within subjects"

The problem is my data. I'm using more that one observation per individual, therefore I'm using GLIMMIX to consider each individual as a "cluster" item. I'm studing dogs within a comunity, and each person has one or more dogs, therefore I'm using the "owner" as an item that should be considered by the procedure. If I understood correctly what SAS said, I would need R-side effects, because they would be serving me to index observations within subjects.

Am I understanding it correctly?

What do you think?

Could I still use laplace for my data?

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Re: Method laplace vs RSPL in GLIMMIX

In this case, R-side would index each dog within an owner, as if the owner were measured on successive time points or at geographically defined points.  G-side would add columns to the Z matrix so that each owner is viewed as a cluster of dogs, and a variance component (or components) is estimated.  For what you are doing, I don't see any need for R side approach.

Now a key here is the distribution associated with the response variable.  Be sure that the link associated is appropriate--cumulative logit for ordinal categories and generalized logit for nominal categories.

Steve Denham

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