Fitting Growth Model Using Nonlinear Regression with Random Parameters
Mixed Effect models are flexible models to analyze grouped data including longitudinal data, repeated measures data, and multivariate multilevel data. One of the most common applications is nonlinear growth data. The Chapman-Richards model was fitted using nonlinear mixed-effects modeling approach. Nonlinear mixed-effects models involve both fixed effects and random effects. The process of model building for nonlinear mixed-effects models is to determine which parameters should be random effects and which should be purely fixed effects, as well as procedures for determining random effects variance-covariance matrices (e.g. diagonal matrices) to reduce the number of the parameters in the model. Information criterion statistics (AIC, BIC and Likelihood ratio test) are used for comparing different structures of the random effects components. These methods are illustrated using the nonlinear mixed-effects methods in S-Plus software.
Y. X. Li and L. C. Jiang, "Fitting Growth Model Using Nonlinear Regression with Random Parameters", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 480-481, pp. 1308-1312, 2011