`expectedRank`

calculates the expected rank and the percentile expected
rank of any random term in a merMod object. A simple ranking of the estimated
random effects (as produced by `ranef`

) is not satisfactory
because it ignores any amount of uncertainty.

1 | ```
expectedRank(merMod, groupFctr = NULL, term = NULL)
``` |

`merMod` |
An object of class merMod |

`groupFctr` |
An optional character vector specifying the name(s) the grouping factor(s)
over which the random coefficient of interest varies. This is the
variable to the right of the pipe, |

`term` |
An optional character vector specifying the name(s) of the random coefficient of interest. This is the
variable to the left of the pipe, |

Inspired by Lingsma et al. (2010, see also Laird and Louis 1989), expectedRank sums the probability that each level of the grouping factor is greater than every other level of the grouping factor, similar to a two-sample t-test.

The formula for the expected rank is:

*ExpectedRank_i = 1 + ∑ φ((θ_i - θ_k) / √(var(θ_i)+var(θ_k))*

where *φ* is the standard normal distribution function, *θ*
is the estimated random effect and *var(θ)* is the posterior
variance of the estimated random effect. We add one to the sum so that the
minimum rank is one instead of zero so that in the case where there is no
overlap between the variances of the random effects (or if the variances are
zero), the expected rank equals the actual rank. The ranks are ordered such
that the winners have ranks that are greater than the losers.

The formula for the percentile expected rank is:

*100 * (ExpectedRank_i - 0.5) / N_grps*

where *N_grps* is the number of grouping factor levels. The percentile
expected rank can be interpreted as the fraction of levels that score at or
below the given level.

NOTE: `expectedRank`

will only work under conditions that `lme4::ranef`

will work. One current example of when this is *not* the case is for
models when there are multiple terms specified per factor (e.g. uncorrelated random
coefficients for the same term, e.g.
`lmer(Reaction ~ Days + (1 | Subject) + (0 + Days | Subject), data = sleepstudy)`

)

A data.frame with the following five columns:

- groupFctr
a character representing name of the grouping factor

- groupLevel
a character representing the level of the grouping factor

- term
a character representing the formula term for the group

- estimate
effect estimate from

`lme4::ranef(, condVar=TRUE)`

).- std.error
the posterior variance of the estimate random effect (from

`lme4::ranef(, condVar=TRUE)`

); named "`term`

"_var.- ER
The expected rank.

- pctER
The percentile expected rank.

Laird NM and Louis TA. Empirical Bayes Ranking Methods. *Journal of
Education Statistics*. 1989;14(1)29-46. Available at
http://www.jstor.org/stable/1164724.

Lingsma HF, Steyerberg EW, Eijkemans MJC, et al. Comparing and
ranking hospitals based on outcome: results from The Netherlands Stroke Survey.
*QJM: An International Journal of Medicine*. 2010;103(2):99-108.
doi:10.1093/qjmed/hcp169

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 | ```
#For a one-level random intercept model
require(lme4)
m1 <- lmer(Reaction ~ Days + (1 | Subject), sleepstudy)
(m1.er <- expectedRank(m1))
#For a one-level random intercept model with multiple random terms
require(lme4)
m2 <- lmer(Reaction ~ Days + (Days | Subject), sleepstudy)
#ranked by the random slope on Days
(m2.er1 <- expectedRank(m2, term="Days"))
#ranked by the random intercept
(m2.er2 <- expectedRank(m2, term="int"))
## Not run:
#For a two-level model with random intercepts
require(lme4)
m3 <- lmer(y ~ service * dept + (1|s) + (1|d), InstEval)
#Ranked by the random intercept on 's'
(m3.er1 <- expectedRank(m3, groupFctr="s", term="Intercept"))
## End(Not run)
``` |

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