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Generalized Linear Mixed-Effects Modeling in R

This two-day workshop will focus on generalized linear mixed-effects models (GLMMs; hierarchical/multilevel models) using the R programming language. We will concentrate on practical elements of GLMMs such as choosing a modeling approach, the process of building up and understanding a model, model checking, and plotting and interpreting model output. We will focus mainly on linear mixed-effects models, but we will also cover generalized linear mixed-effect models, variance and correlation structures, and zero-inflated models.

By the end of the two-day workshop, you will be able to develop models using your own data and troubleshoot the main problems that arise in the process. You will also become familiar with a number of R packages that can fit GLMMs (e.g. lme4, nlme, glmmTMB) and R packages to help manipulate and plot your data and models (e.g. dplyr, ggplot2, broom).

Prior to taking this workshop, you should be reasonably comfortable with R and linear regression, and ideally have some experience with GLMs (e.g. logistic regression). Some background with dplyr and ggplot2 would be helpful.

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Generating the exercises

Open the file glmm-course.Rproj by double-clicking on it. Run the following:


Then look in the folder exercises. Lines with # exercise will be left blank in this version.


Workshop exercises on regression, GLMs, mixed-effects models, and GLMMs in R



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