An introduction to Bayesian multilevel models using R, brms, and Stan

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Date
Nov 28, 2019 4:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Location
IMAG, Grenoble, France

Abstract: Bayesian multilevel models are increasingly used to overcome the limitations of frequentist approaches in the analysis of complex structured data. During this session, I will briefly introduce the logic of Bayesian inference and motivate the use of multilevel modelling. I will then show how Bayesian multilevel models can be fitted using the probabilistic programming language Stan and the R package brms (Bürkner, 2016). The brms package allows fitting complex nonlinear multilevel (aka ‘mixed-effects’) models using an understandable high-level formula syntax. I will demonstrate the use of brms with some general examples and discuss model comparison tools available within the package. Prior experience with data manipulation and linear models in R will be helpful.