My model converges and there are no other errors. However, the AIC & BIC are around 1700. The covariance parameter estimates are 99559, 160 and 28567 for the 3 random components. I have one fixed effect that is not significant. Very large AIC always bothers me, but I have not seen such large variance estimates before. Can someone throw light on this, please?
Thanks for your thoughts on the AIC-that does make sense.
Do you have any words of wisdom for the variance estimates? i have started to convince myself that the variance estimates are in the order of 100,000 because my response variable is in the order of 3000. Would you say that is a reasonable way to look at this?
You don't say what your topic is, or what your variables are, but suppose you are (say) looking at the effect of salary on life expectancy. Measure salary in dollars per year, variance will be huge. Measure it in tens of thousands of dollars per year, variance will be small.