Dataset – The Giant Marmots of Moscow
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Stat 403/640/890 Analysis Assignment 3: Polluted Giant Marmots
Due Wednesday, April 3^{rd}
Drop off in the dropbox by the stats workshop, or hand in in class.
For this assignment, use the Marmots_Real.csv dataset.
Main goal: The giant marmots of Moscow have a pollution problem. Find a model to predict the pollutant concentration (mg per kg) in the local population without resorting to measuring it directly. (It turns out that measuring this pollutant requires some invasive measures like looking at bone marrow).
The dataset Marmots_real.csv has the data from 60 such marmots, including many variables that are easier measure:
Variable Name

Type

Description

Species

Categorical, Unordered

One of five species of giant marmot

Region

Categorical, Unordered

One of five regions around Moscow where the subject is captured

Age

Numerical, Continuous

Age in years

Pos_x

Numerical, Continuous

Longitude, recoded to (0,1000), of capture

Pos_y

Numerical, Continuous

Latitude, recoded to (0,1000), of capture

Long_cm

Numerical, Continuous

Length nose to tail in cm

Wide_cm

Numerical, Continuous

Width between front paws, outstretched

Sex

Binary

M or F

Lesions

Numerical, Count

Number of skin lesions (cuts, open sores) found upon capture

Injured

Binary

0 or 1, 1 if substantial injury was observed upon capture.

Teeth_Condition

Categorical, Ordered

Condition of teeth upon capture, listed as Very Bad, Bad, Average, or Good.

Weight

Numerical, Continuous

Mass of subject in 100g

Antibody

Numerical, Continuous

Count of CD4 antibody in blood per mL

Pollutant

Numerical, Continuous

mg/kg of selenium found in bone marrow

There are no sampling weights. There is no missing data. There should be little to no convergence or computational issues with this data.
Assignment parts:
1) Build at least three models for pollutant and compare them (e.g. rsquared, general parsimony). Be sure to try interactions and polynomial terms.
Select one to be your ‘model to beat’.
2) Check the diagnostics of your model to beat. Specifically, normality of residuals, influential outliers, and the Variance Inflation Factor. Comment.
3) Try a transformation of the response in your model to beat, and see if you can improve the rsquared.
4) Try a PCAbased model and see if it comes close to you model to beat.
5) Take your ‘model to beat’ and add some terms to it. Call this the ‘full model’, and use that as a basis for model selection using stepwise and the AIC criterion. Is the stepwiseproduced model better (rsquared, AIC) than your ‘model to beat’?
6) If you haven’t already, try a random effect of something appropriate, and see if it beats the AIC of the stepwise model. Use the AIC() function to see the AIC of most models.
Useful sample code:
######## Preamble / Setup
## Load the .csv file into R. Store it as ‘dat’
dat = read.csv(“marmots_real.csv”)
dat$region = as.factor(dat$region)
library(car) # for vif() and boxcox()
library(MASS) # for stepAIC()
library(ks) # for kde()
library(lme4) # lmer and glmer
##### Try some models, with interactions
### Saturated. Not enough DoF
mod = lm(antibody ~ species*region*age*weight + long_cm, data=dat)
summary(mod)
### Another possibility, enough DoF, but efficient?
mod = lm(antibody ~ species + region + age*weight*long_cm, data=dat)
summary(mod)
vif(mod)
plot(mod)
AIC(mod)
### With polynomials
mod = lm(pollutant ~ age + long_cm + wide_cm + I(sqrt(age)) + I((long_cm*wide_cm)^3), data=dat)
summary(mod) ## High rsq and little significance? How?
vif(mod) ## Oh, that’s how.
#### Model selection,
mod_full = lm(antibody ~ species + region + age*weight*long_cm + I(log(wide_cm)) + lesions, data=dat)
### Stepwise selection based on AIC
stepAIC(mod_full)
### What if we do a BIC penalty
## Try without trace=FALSE so we can see what’s going on.
stepAIC(mod_full, k=log(nrow(dat)))
######### Transformations
### Start with the classic tranforms
### Another possibility, enough DoF, but efficient?
mod = lm(sqrt(pollutant) ~ species + region + age*weight*long_cm, data=dat)
summary(mod)
mod = lm(log(pollutant) ~ species + region + age*weight*long_cm, data=dat)
summary(mod)
### Boxcox to find the range of best ones through
boxcox(pollutant ~ species + region + age*weight*long_cm, data = dat,
lambda = seq(2, 3, length = 30))
boxcox(antibody ~ species + region + age*weight*long_cm, data = dat,
lambda = seq(2, 3, length = 30))
### Anything above the 95% line is perfectly fine. Anything close is probably fine too.
### Reminder:
### Lambda = 1 is 1/x (inverse) transform
### lambda = 0 is log tranform
### Lambda = 1/2 is sqrt tranform
### Lambda = 1 is no tranform
### Lambda = 2 is square transform
#################
### MANOVA
### First, Are the two responses related?
cor(dat$antibody, dat$pollutant)
plot(dat$antibody, dat$pollutant)
### Start with the simple ANOVAs
mod_anti = lm(antibody ~ species + region + age*weight*lesions, data=dat)
mod_poll = lm(pollutant ~ species + region + age*weight*lesions, data=dat)
aov_anti = anova(mod_anti)
aov_anti
summary(aov_anti)
aov_poll = anova(mod_poll)
aov_poll
summary(aov_poll)
### Now try the multiple ANOVA
aov_mult = manova(cbind(antibody, pollutant) ~ species + region + age*weight*lesions)
aov_mult
summary(aov_mult) ### Your job: Make a model that balances simplicity with fit.
## Residual standard errors: Lower = better fit
###################
# PCA
### convert the relevant categorical variables
dat$teeth_num = as.numeric(factor(x = dat$teeth_condition, levels=c(“Very Bad”,”Bad”,”Average”,”Good”)))
dat$sex_num = as.numeric(factor(x = dat$sex, levels=c(“F”,”M”)))
PCA_all = prcomp( ~ age + weight + lesions + long_cm + wide_cm + injured + teeth_num + sex_num,
data = dat,
scale = TRUE)
summary(PCA_all)
plot(PCA_all, type=”lines”)
### Add the Principal components to the marmots dataset
dat = cbind(dat, PCA_all$x)
head(dat)
### Try a few models of the responses using the PCAs
mod_PCA1 = lm(antibody ~ PC1 + PC2 + PC3 + PC4 + PC5 + PC6, data=dat)
summary(mod_PCA1)
mod_PCA2 = lm(antibody ~ PC1 * PC2 * PC3 , data=dat)
summary(mod_PCA2)
mod_PCA3 = lm(antibody ~ PC1 + PC2 + PC3 , data=dat)
summary(mod_PCA3)
mod_PCA4 = lme(pollutant ~ PC1 + PC2 + PC3 + (1region), data=dat)
summary(mod_PCA4) ### Why nonzero correlations? Adjustments for region were made
### Fixed vs Random
marmots$region = as.factor(marmots$region)
summary(lm(pollutant ~ region, data=dat))
summary(lmer(pollutant ~ (1region), data=dat))
summary(lmer(pollutant ~ PC1 + PC2 + (ageregion), data=dat))
summary(lmer(pollutant ~ age + (1region), data=dat))$logLik ### Higher LogLik is better
summary(lmer(pollutant ~ age + (1region), data=dat))$AICtab ### Lower REML (AIC calculated by REML) is better
### Compare the $AICtab value to the result from stepAIC
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