The linear mixed models fit by the HPMIXED procedure can be represented as linear statistical models in the following form:
The symbols in these expressions denote the following:
the vector of responses
the design matrix for the fixed effects
the vector of fixed-effects parameters
the design matrix for the random effects
the vector of random effects
the vector of unobservable residual errors
As is customary for statistical models in the linear mixed model family, the random effects are assumed normally distributed. The same holds for the residual errors and these are furthermore distributed independently of the random effects. As a consequence, these assumptions imply that the response vector has a multivariate normal distribution.
Further assumptions, implicit in the preceding expression, are as follows:
The conditional mean of the data—given the random effects—is linear in the fixed effects and the random effects.
The marginal mean of the data is linear in the fixed-effects parameters.