Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 14:32:54 +0200

Dear all,

I am curious about the use of the MVINCLUDE option in ASReml, especially
in univariate analyses, and would like to clarify when/why it can be

My understanding is that it can be useful for multivariate analyses when
the design matrix has a missing value, in which case it is set to zero,
which can only work for covariates, which have previously been
mean-centered? Is that correct?

If applied to a simple model with one categorical fixed effect (e.g.
sex) and one random effect, such as x ~ mu sex !r animal, am I right to
assume that in the case of missing values for "sex" the MVREMOVE option
should be always avoided because it would then assign all missing sexes
as males, or all as females?

Thanks in advance for any answer,

Dr Anne Charmantier
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Received on Thu Oct 21 2008 - 14:32:54 EST

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