I wanted to write the mathematical equation for my model below. It is a glm that tries to explain the relationship between the sum of observed biomass of several replicas at different observation sites as a function of distance from a given point, plus the random effect of the sites. I also use the Gamma family. I used the extract_eq function of the equatiomatic package to obtain the mathematical equation of my model but I am not sure of the result obtained...


mod <- glmer(Sbiomass ~ Dist_FPAcentroid + (1|site),family = Gamma(link = "log"),data =my_data)



    \alpha_{j}  &\sim N \left(\gamma_{0}^{\alpha} + \gamma_{1}^{\alpha}(\operatorname{Dist\_FPAcentroid}), \sigma^2_{\alpha_{j}} \right)
    \text{, for site j = 1,} \dots \text{,J}

When I knit this result in RMarkdown, it doesn't work because of the line break between the first and second line. If I remove this line break I get this :

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However, it seems to me that this equation is not complete and is missing a part. Should it look more like the equation below or have I misunderstood ?

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Thank you in advance for your reply

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    $\begingroup$ That doesn't look right to me: You specify a gamma distribution as your conditional distribution but the equation assumes a normal distribution. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 8:49
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for you answer @COOLSerdash. How would you write this equation correctly ? $\endgroup$
    – Florian B.
    Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 8:53

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You're fitting a conditional Gamma distribution with a log-link to the data. As such, the equations would be: $$ \texttt{Sbiomass}_{ij}\sim \operatorname{Gamma}(\mu_{ij}, \phi) $$ where $\phi$ is the shape (assumed constant) and $\mu_{ij}$ is the conditional mean: $$ \operatorname{E}(\texttt{Sbiomass}_{ij}\,|\,\texttt{Dist_FPAcentroid}_{ij}, \texttt{site}_{ij}) = \mu_{ij} = \exp(\beta_{0,j} + \beta_1\texttt{Dist_FPAcentroid}_{ij})\quad \text{for site} \;j=1, \ldots, J $$

with the random intercept assumed being drawn from a normal distribution: $$ \beta_{0,j} \sim \operatorname{N}(0, \sigma^2_{\beta_0}) $$

See also https://stats.stackexchange.com/a/126225/21054 and https://stats.stackexchange.com/a/431272/21054


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