Using the GUI (6): Spatial Mapping Using Linear Mixed Models

Linear Mixed Modelling in iMap4

A pop-up will ask for the already saved FixMap, PredictorM, and Mask after you click on the Linear Mixed Model.
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Then you can select your fixed effect (main and/or interaction) and random effect.
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The linear formula can be further specified by clicking Edit Formula. In the following example the formula for the LMM is

PixelIntensity ~ Spotlight + Position + Spotlight:Position + (fixdur|subject)

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If you would like to perform Linear Contrast later on, set singlepredi to 1. Also if your machine has access to Distributed Computing Servers you could input the cluster name in parallelname (iMap4 will connect to local cluster by default if your machine equips with parallel toolbox).

Moreover, you can specify the option for linear mixed model fitting. The input arguments accept by iMap4 is identical to the LinearMixedModel class in Matlab. For more information please check:

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To proceed to the modeling, click Run Model. A pop-up will prompt you to rename the result for saving when the modeling finishes.

Details on parameter estimation please refer to McCulloch, Searle & Neuhaus (2011) and Pinheiro & Bates (2000) as well as the Matlab help documents

Please note: iMap4 fits a linear mixed model for each pixel within the mask, and it’s usually a very slow process. Please be patient when this step is running.

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