qqnorm.lme {nlme}R Documentation

Normal Plot of Residuals or Random Effects from an lme Object


Diagnostic plots for assessing the normality of residuals and random effects in the linear mixed-effects fit are obtained. The form argument gives considerable flexibility in the type of plot specification. A conditioning expression (on the right side of a | operator) always implies that different panels are used for each level of the conditioning factor, according to a Trellis display.


## S3 method for class 'lme':
qqnorm(y, form, abline, id, idLabels, grid, ...)


y an object inheriting from class lme, representing a fitted linear mixed-effects model or from class lmList, representing a list of lm objects, or from class lm, representing a fitted linear model, or from class nls, representing a nonlinear least squares fitted model.
form an optional one-sided formula specifying the desired type of plot. Any variable present in the original data frame used to obtain y can be referenced. In addition, y itself can be referenced in the formula using the symbol ".". Conditional expressions on the right of a | operator can be used to define separate panels in a Trellis display. The expression on the right hand side of form and to the left of a | operator must evaluate to a residuals vector, or a random effects matrix. Default is ~ resid(., type = "p"), corresponding to a normal plot of the standardized residuals evaluated at the innermost level of nesting.
abline an optional numeric value, or numeric vector of length two. If given as a single value, a horizontal line will be added to the plot at that coordinate; else, if given as a vector, its values are used as the intercept and slope for a line added to the plot. If missing, no lines are added to the plot.
id an optional numeric value, or one-sided formula. If given as a value, it is used as a significance level for a two-sided outlier test for the standardized residuals (random effects). Observations with absolute standardized residuals (random effects) greater than the 1 - value/2 quantile of the standard normal distribution are identified in the plot using idLabels. If given as a one-sided formula, its right hand side must evaluate to a logical, integer, or character vector which is used to identify observations in the plot. If missing, no observations are identified.
idLabels an optional vector, or one-sided formula. If given as a vector, it is converted to character and used to label the observations identified according to id. If given as a one-sided formula, its right hand side must evaluate to a vector which is converted to character and used to label the identified observations. Default is the innermost grouping factor.
grid an optional logical value indicating whether a grid should be added to plot. Default is FALSE.
... optional arguments passed to the Trellis plot function.


a diagnostic Trellis plot for assessing normality of residuals or random effects.


Jose Pinheiro Jose.Pinheiro@pharma.novartis.com and Douglas Bates bates@stat.wisc.edu

See Also

lme, plot.lme


## Not run: 
fm1 <- lme(distance ~ age, Orthodont, random = ~ age | Subject)
# normal plot of standardized residuals by gender
qqnorm(fm1, ~ resid(., type = "p") | Sex, abline = c(0, 1))
# normal plots of random effects
qqnorm(fm1, ~ranef(.))
## End(Not run)

[Package nlme version 3.1-57 Index]