check_overdispersion() checks generalized linear (mixed)
models for overdispersion.
Fitted model of class
Currently not used.
Overdispersion occurs when the observed variance is higher than the variance of a theoretical model. For Poisson models, variance increases with the mean and, therefore, variance usually (roughly) equals the mean value. If the variance is much higher, the data are "overdispersed".
If the dispersion ratio is close to one, a Poisson model fits well to the data. Dispersion ratios larger than one indicate overdispersion, thus a negative binomial model or similar might fit better to the data. A p-value < .05 indicates overdispersion.
For Poisson models, the overdispersion test is based on the code from Gelman and Hill (2007), page 115.
is based on the code in the
section How can I deal with overdispersion in GLMMs?. Note that this
function only returns an approximate estimate of an overdispersion
parameter, and is probably inaccurate for zero-inflated mixed models (fitted
Overdispersion can be fixed by either modeling the dispersion parameter, or by choosing a different distributional family (like Quasi-Poisson, or negative binomial, see Gelman and Hill (2007), pages 115-116).
A list with results from the overdispersion test, like chi-squared statistics, p-value or dispersion ratio.
Bolker B et al. (2017): GLMM FAQ.
Gelman, A., & Hill, J. (2007). Data analysis using regression and multilevel/hierarchical models. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.
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Loading required package: glmmTMB # Overdispersion test dispersion ratio = 2.324 Pearson's Chi-Squared = 1475.875 p-value = < 0.001 Overdispersion detected. Warning message: In checkMatrixPackageVersion() : Package version inconsistency detected. TMB was built with Matrix version 1.2.15 Current Matrix version is 1.2.17 Please re-install 'TMB' from source using install.packages('TMB', type = 'source') or ask CRAN for a binary version of 'TMB' matching CRAN's 'Matrix' package
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