powerLmer: Power analysis for normal data

Description Usage Arguments Details Value Note References See Also Examples

View source: R/powerLmer.R


Extracts the power values of dam, sire, and dam by sire variance components from a linear mixed-effect model using the lmer function of the lme4 package.


powerLmer(varcomp, nval, alpha = 0.05, nsim = 100, ml = F)



Vector of known dam, sire, dam by sire, and residual variance components, i.e. c(dam, sire, dam x sire, residual).


Vector of known dam, sire, and offspring per family sample sizes, i.e. c(dam, sire, offspring).


Statistical significance value. Default is 0.05.


Number of simulations. Default is 100.


Default is FALSE for restricted maximum likelihood. Change to TRUE for maximum likelihood.


Extracts the dam, sire, dam, and dam by sire power values. Power values are calculated by stochastically simulation data and then calculating the proportion of significance values less than alpha for each component (Bolker 2008). Significance values for the random effects are determined using likelihood ratio tests (Bolker et al. 2009).


Prints a data frame with the sample sizes, variance component inputs, variance component outputs, and power values.


Maximum likelihood (ML) estimates the parameters that maximize the likelihood of the observed data and has the advantage of using all the data and accounting for non-independence (Lynch and Walsh 1998, p. 779; Bolker et al. 2009). On the other hand, ML has the disadvantage of assuming that all fixed effects are known without error, producing a downward bias in the estimation of the residual variance component. This bias can be large if there are lots of fixed effects, especially if sample sizes are small. Restricted maximum likelihood (REML) has the advantage of not assuming the fixed effects are known and averages over the uncertainty, so there can be less bias in the estimation of the residual variance component. However, REML only maximizes a portion of the likelihood to estimate the effect parameters, but is the preferred method for analyzing large data sets with complex structure.


Bolker BM. 2008. Ecological models and data in R. Princeton University Press, New Jersey.

Bolker BM, Brooks ME, Clark CJ, Geange SW, Poulsen JR, Stevens MHH, White J-SS. 2009. Generalized linear mixed models: a practical guide for ecology and evolution. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24(3): 127-135. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2008.10.008

Lynch M, Walsh B. 1998. Genetics and Analysis of Quantitative Traits. Sinauer Associates, Massachusetts.

See Also

powerLmer2, powerLmer3


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