negative binomial mixed model using glmmadmb

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negative binomial mixed model using glmmadmb

Heather Major
Hello, I am new to R and working to understand the programming language and how the different tests work. I've jumped a bit in the deep-end, as I moved to R because SPSS couldn't handle the model I wanted to run and I don't have access of SAS (which was, until recently my go-to for stats).

I have done my best to work through a number of examples, but that hasn't helped me figure out how to proceed with my analysis.

I am using the glmmADMB package to analyze count data of arrivals at a seabird colony.

Fixed effects:
Arrivals: # of individuals arriving at the colony site in one-hour long intervals (ratio variable)
TAS: Time After Sunset (factor with four categories: 3,4,5, &6)
MA: Moon Absence (ratio variable of the proportion of moon absent during the night, ranging from 0 (full moon present) to 1 (no moon present)).
CC: Cloud Cover (ratio variable of proportion of sky covered by clouds, 0 = no clouds 1 = complete overcast sky.
WS: wind speed (ratio variable of wind speed in meters per second)
WH: wave height (ratio variable of wave height in meters)
Random effects:
JDOY: Julian Day of Year (factor: includes 50 days)

glmm2<-glmmadmb(Arrivals~ (1|JDOY)+TAS+MA+CC+CWS+CWH+TAS*MA+TAS*CC+TAS*CWS+TAS*CWH+TAS*MA*CC+MA*CC, data = murrelet, family="nbinom")


This model runs fine (i.e., no errors). I have also run the same model as a poisson, it also runs well, but the mean and variance are not equal (hence the negative binomial distribution). I would like to use AIC to draw inference from my data and have seven other candidate models (the one shown above is the global model). To do this, I need to extract an estimate of c-hat for the global model to include in my calculation of QAICc for model selection. This is where I get stuck.

I have tried a number of formulas presented in different pdfs to calculate c-hat, including using the code:
dfun <- function(object) {
  return(sum(1 * res^2)/df_residuals)

This code does give me a value for c-hat, but it is VERY high (45.23), suggesting something is structurally wrong with my model. I have also tried running the model with 'zeroInflation = TRUE', the c-hat is higher (47.28).

I've tried a number of other methods, but the above code is the only one that has resulted in anything other than an error message or a NULL result.

What I don't understand is what the above code is doing and because of that I am unsure of what my next step should be.

My specific questions are:

1.     Is this an appropriate method to calculate c-hat, and if so, what is the code doing (i.e., how is it calculating c-hat, is it chi-square deviance divided by residual df or something else)?

2.     If this code is correct and doing what I hope it is doing (see previous question), what is my next step? How do I figure out what the structural issue is with my data?

3.     Am I missing something (probably very simple, but very important) that is causing these issues?

Thanks for any help/advice,


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