I am modelling invertebrate.biomass ~ habitat.type * calendar.day + habitat.type * calendar.day ^ 2, with a random intercept of transect.id (50 transects were repeated 5 times)

My response is zero-heavy - about 25% are 0s - and the non-zeroes are strongly right-skewed.

I understand a possible way of dealing with this is to construct 2 models - one modelling a binary response in a logistic regression and the other modelling the non-zero response in a (e.g.) Gamma regression. I'm working in R and following the ideas in this post.

I want to check the method of combining the results of these 2 models, in order to generate quantitative predictions (ultimately with CI). Am I correct in multiplying the predicted probabilities from the logistic regression with the predicted (non-zero) biomass from the Gamma regression? Thus, the predicted (non-zero) biomass gets down-weighted according to the probability of there actually being an invertebrate present at all. This makes sense in my head, but feels too easy to be true.

See plots below which demonstrate my method in it's current form.

Gamma hurdle model

Assuming I'm right so far, how would I then go about generating a SE / CI for the predictions combining two models?

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, your intuition is correct, see here: seananderson.ca/2014/05/18/gamma-hurdle Note that there is a bit of funny-business going on when he computes the population mean as $\exp(\log(\text{bin_coef}) + \log(\text{gamma_coef}))$, but note that this just simplifies down to $\text{bin_coef}\cdot \text{gamma_coef}$ $\endgroup$
    – jon_simon
    Sep 28, 2018 at 18:22
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    $\begingroup$ You could bootstrap for SEs and CIs $\endgroup$
    – AOGSTA
    Jul 19, 2019 at 22:11


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