# simulate.merMod

##### Simulate Responses From `'>merMod`

Object

Simulate responses from a `"merMod"`

fitted model object, i.e.,
from the model represented by it.

##### Usage

```
# S3 method for merMod
simulate(object, nsim = 1, seed = NULL,
use.u = FALSE, re.form = NA, ReForm, REForm, REform,
newdata=NULL, newparams=NULL, family=NULL,
allow.new.levels = FALSE, na.action = na.pass, …)
```# S3 method for formula
simulate(object, nsim = 1 , seed = NULL,
family, weights=NULL, offset=NULL, …)

.simulateFun(object, nsim = 1, seed = NULL, use.u = FALSE,
re.form = NA, ReForm, REForm, REform,
newdata=NULL, newparams=NULL,
formula=NULL, family=NULL, weights=NULL, offset=NULL,
allow.new.levels = FALSE, na.action = na.pass,
cond.sim = TRUE, …)

##### Arguments

- object
(for

`simulate.merMod`

) a fitted model object or (for`simulate.formula`

) a (one-sided) mixed model formula, as described for`lmer`

.- nsim
positive integer scalar - the number of responses to simulate.

- seed
an optional seed to be used in

`set.seed`

immediately before the simulation so as to generate a reproducible sample.- use.u
(logical) if

`TRUE`

, generate a simulation conditional on the current random-effects estimates; if`FALSE`

generate new Normally distributed random-effects values. (Redundant with`re.form`

, which is preferred:`TRUE`

corresponds to`re.form = NULL`

(condition on all random effects), while`FALSE`

corresponds to`re.form = ~0`

(condition on none of the random effects).)- re.form
formula for random effects to condition on. If

`NULL`

, condition on all random effects; if`NA`

or`~0`

, condition on no random effects. See Details.- ReForm, REForm, REform
deprecated:

`re.form`

is now the preferred argument name.- newdata
data frame for which to evaluate predictions.

- newparams
new parameters to use in evaluating predictions, specified as in the

`start`

parameter for`lmer`

or`glmer`

-- a list with components`theta`

and`beta`

and (for LMMs or GLMMs that estimate a scale parameter)`sigma`

- formula
a (one-sided) mixed model formula, as described for

`lmer`

.- family
a GLM family, as in

`glmer`

.- weights
- offset
offset, as in

`glmer`

.- allow.new.levels
(logical) if FALSE (default), then any new levels (or

`NA`

values) detected in`newdata`

will trigger an error; if TRUE, then the prediction will use the unconditional (population-level) values for data with previously unobserved levels (or`NA`

s).- na.action
what to do with

`NA`

values in new data: see`na.fail`

- cond.sim
(experimental) simulate the conditional distribution? if

`FALSE`

, simulate only random effects; do not simulate from the conditional distribution, rather return the predicted group-level values- …
optional additional arguments: none are used at present.

##### Details

ordinarily

`simulate`

is used to generate new values from an existing, fitted model (`merMod`

object): however, if`formula`

,`newdata`

, and`newparams`

are specified,`simulate`

generates the appropriate model structure to simulate from.The

`re.form`

argument allows the user to specify how the random effects are incorporated in the simulation. All of the random effects terms included in`re.form`

will be*conditioned on*- that is, the conditional modes of those random effects will be included in the deterministic part of the simulation. (If new levels are used (and`allow.new.levels`

is`TRUE`

), the conditional modes for these levels will be set to the population mode, i.e. values of zero will be used for the random effects.) Conversely, the random effect terms that are*not*included in`re.form`

will be*simulated from*- that is, new values will be chosen for each group based on the estimated random-effects variances.The default behaviour (using

`re.form=NA`

) is to condition on none of the random effects, simulating new values for all of the random effects.For Gaussian fits,

`sigma`

specifies the residual standard deviation; for Gamma fits, it specifies the shape parameter (the rate parameter for each observation i is calculated as shape/mean(i)). For negative binomial fits, the overdispersion parameter is specified via the family, e.g.`simulate(..., family=negative.binomial(theta=1.5))`

.For binomial models,

`simulate.formula`

looks for the binomial size first in the`weights`

argument (if it's supplied), second from the left-hand side of the formula (if the formula has been specified in success/failure form), and defaults to 1 if neither of those have been supplied. Simulated responses will be given as proportions, unless the supplied formula has a matrix-valued left-hand side, in which case they will be given in matrix form. If a left-hand side is given, variables in that expression must be available in`newdata`

.For negative binomial models, use the

`negative.binomial`

family (from the MASS package) and specify the overdispersion parameter via the`theta`

(sic) parameter of the family function, e.g.`simulate(...,family=negative.binomial(theta=1))`

to simulate from a geometric distribution (negative binomial with overdispersion parameter 1).

##### See Also

`bootMer`

for “simulestimate”, i.e., where each
simulation is followed by refitting the model.

##### Examples

```
# NOT RUN {
## test whether fitted models are consistent with the
## observed number of zeros in CBPP data set:
gm1 <- glmer(cbind(incidence, size - incidence) ~ period + (1 | herd),
data = cbpp, family = binomial)
gg <- simulate(gm1,1000)
zeros <- sapply(gg,function(x) sum(x[,"incidence"]==0))
plot(table(zeros))
abline(v=sum(cbpp$incidence==0),col=2)
##
## simulate from a non-fitted model; in this case we are just
## replicating the previous model, but starting from scratch
params <- list(theta=0.5,beta=c(2,-1,-2,-3))
simdat <- with(cbpp,expand.grid(herd=levels(herd),period=factor(1:4)))
simdat$size <- 15
simdat$incidence <- sample(0:1,size=nrow(simdat),replace=TRUE)
form <- formula(gm1)[-2] ## RHS of equation only
simulate(form,newdata=simdat,family=binomial,
newparams=params)
## simulate from negative binomial distribution instead
simulate(form,newdata=simdat,family=negative.binomial(theta=2.5),
newparams=params)
# }
```

*Documentation reproduced from package lme4, version 1.1-23, License: GPL (>= 2)*