Chapter 23 Multilevel analysis
Multilevel analysis (MLA) is used for the analysis of hierarchical data. Data at the lowest level are clustered in higher levels. An important application for MLA is in ESM/EMA data. This type of data are called intensive longitudinal data. Subjects have measurements on multiple occasions. The occasions are clustered within the subjects. In these examples, the dataset/dataframe is called
dat, the predictor is called
predictorVariable(more than one are possible), the clustervariable is called
idNumber, the dependent variable is called
dependentVariable. For longitudinal data there is an
indexVariable, which indicates the repeated measures. Furthermore, you may need a lagged variable to control for autocorrelation: for example, a lagged one variable:
MLA can be done in jamovi with the module “GAMLj: general analysis for linear models for jamovi”. After loading this module, the Linear Models menu must be selected and then the option MIXED Model. In the input window the variables are placed as shown in Figure 23.1. Under the heading Fixed Effects the variables for the fixed effects are selected. Here, it is also possible to define interaction effects.
Under the heading Random Effects the variables for the random effects are selected, as shown in Figure 23.2, and when there are more than one, the correlations between these effects can also be specified by checking the box
Example 2 concerns a longitudinal example. Here we have an additional variable, called
indexVariable, which is an index of time, e,g, the days or other measurement moments. Figure 23.3 shows the input in jamovi, includign a lagged variable to model the auto-correlation.
In R there are several possible packages for multilevel anaysis. Here the function that is illustrated, is called
lmer, which is in the package
lme4. The data are in data set
dat. Example 1 is called as follows. So, make sure to install the
lme4 package first and load it in your R session with
Example 2, for longitudinal data, is called with the following code. A lagged variable can be constructed and added to the fixed part of the model to model the auto-correlation.
The output can be put in an object and with, for example, the
summary() function this output can be inspected.
If you want to see p-values for the fixed effect, you should load the package
lmerTest. With this package the output of the calls to
lmer automatically provide p-values.
In SPSS the MIXED procedure can be used to do multilevel analysis. A simple model with one predictor and two random efffects, for respectively the intercept and the predictor, can be run with the following syntax.
MIXED dependentVariable WITH predictorVariable /PRINT= SOLUTION TESTCOV /METHOD= REML /FIXED= INTERCEPT predictorVariable /RANDOM= INTERCEPT predictorVariable| SUBJECT(idNUmber) COVTYPE(UN).
Example 2 shows a longitudinal example again.
MIXED dependentVariable WITH predictorVariable indexVariable /PRINT=SOLUTION TESTCOV /FIXED=INTERCEPT predictorVariable | SSTYPE(3) /RANDOM=INTERCEPT predictorVariable | SUBJECT(idNumber) COVTYPE(VC) /REPEATED=indexvariable | SUBJECT(idNumber) COVTYPE(AR1).