The REPEATED statement is used to specify the matrix in the mixed model. Its syntax is different from that of the REPEATED statement in PROC GLM. If no REPEATED statement is specified, is assumed to be equal to .
For many repeated measures models, no repeated effect is required in the REPEATED statement. Simply use the SUBJECT= option to define the blocks of and the TYPE= option to define their covariance structure. In this case, the repeated measures data must be similarly ordered for each subject, and you must indicate all missing response variables with periods in the input data set unless they all fall at the end of a subject’s repeated response profile. These requirements are necessary in order to inform PROC MIXED of the proper location of the observed repeated responses.
Specifying a repeated effect is useful when you do not want to indicate missing values with periods in the input data set. The repeated effect must contain only classification variables. Make sure that the levels of the repeated effect are different for each observation within a subject; otherwise, PROC MIXED constructs identical rows in corresponding to the observations with the same level. This results in a singular and an infinite likelihood.
Whether you specify a REPEATED effect or not, the rows of for each subject are constructed in the order in which they appear in the input data set.
Table 65.16 summarizes the options available in the REPEATED statement. All options are subsequently discussed in alphabetical order.
Table 65.16: Summary of REPEATED Statement Options
Option 
Description 

Construction of Covariance Structure 

Defines an effect specifying heterogeneity in the Rside covariance structure 

Specifies data set with coefficient matrices for TYPE=LIN 

Requests that a diagonal matrix be added to 

Specifies that only the local effects are weighted 

Specifies that only the nonlocal effects are weighted 

Identifies the subjects in the Rside model 

Specifies the Rside covariance structure 

Statistical Output 

Produces a table of HotellingLawleyMcKeon statistics (McKeon, 1974) 

Produces a table of HotellingLawleyPillaiSamson statistics (Pillai and Samson, 1959) 

Displays blocks of the estimated matrix 

Display the Cholesky root (lower) of blocks of the estimated matrix 

Displays the inverse Cholesky root (lower) of blocks of the estimated matrix 

Displays the correlation matrix corresponding to blocks of the estimated matrix 

Displays the inverse of blocks of the estimated matrix 
You can specify the following options in the REPEATED statement after a slash (/).
defines an effect that specifies heterogeneity in the covariance structure of . All observations that have the same level of the GROUP effect have the same covariance parameters. Each new level of the GROUP effect produces a new set of covariance parameters with the same structure as the original group. You should exercise caution in properly defining the GROUP effect, because strange covariance patterns can result with its misuse. Also, the GROUP effect can greatly increase the number of estimated covariance parameters, which can adversely affect the optimization process.
Continuous variables are permitted as arguments to the GROUP= option. PROC MIXED does not sort by the values of the continuous variable; rather, it considers the data to be from a new subject or group whenever the value of the continuous variable changes from the previous observation. Using a continuous variable decreases execution time for models with a large number of subjects or groups and also prevents the production of a large "Class Level Information" table.
produces a table of HotellingLawleyMcKeon statistics (McKeon, 1974) for all fixed effects whose levels change across data having the same level of the SUBJECT= effect (the withinsubject fixed effects). This option applies only when you specify a REPEATED statement with the TYPE=UN option and no RANDOM statements. For balanced data, this model is equivalent to the multivariate model for repeated measures in PROC GLM.
The HotellingLawleyMcKeon statistic has a slightly better F approximation than the HotellingLawleyPillaiSamson statistic (see the description of the HLPS option, which follows). Both of the HotellingLawley statistics can perform much better in small samples than the default F statistic (Wright, 1994).
Separate tables are produced for Type 1, 2, and 3 tests, according to the ones you select. The ODS table names are HLM1, HLM2, and HLM3, respectively.
produces a table of HotellingLawleyPillaiSamson statistics (Pillai and Samson, 1959) for all fixed effects whose levels change across data having the same level of the SUBJECT= effect (the withinsubject fixed effects). This option applies only when you specify a REPEATED statement with the TYPE=UN option and no RANDOM statements. For balanced data, this model is equivalent to the multivariate model for repeated measures in PROC GLM, and this statistic is the same as the HotellingLawley Trace statistic produced by PROC GLM.
Separate tables are produced for Type 1, 2, and 3 tests, according to the ones you select. The ODS table names are HLPS1, HLPS2, and HLPS3, respectively.
reads the coefficient matrices associated with the TYPE=LIN
(number) option. The data set must contain the variables Parm
, Row
, Col1
–Col
n or Parm
, Row
, Col
, Value
. The Parm
variable denotes which of the number coefficient matrices is currently being constructed, and the Row
, Col1
–Col
n, or Row
, Col
, Value
variables specify the matrix values, as they do with the RANDOM
statement option GDATA=
. Unspecified values of these matrices are set equal to 0.
requests that a diagonal matrix be added to . With just the LOCAL option, this diagonal matrix equals , and becomes an additional variance parameter that PROC MIXED profiles out of the likelihood provided that you do not specify the NOPROFILE option in the PROC MIXED statement. The LOCAL option is useful if you want to add an observational error to a time series structure (Jones and BoadiBoateng, 1991) or a nugget effect to a spatial structure Cressie (1993).
The LOCAL=EXP(<effects>) option produces exponential local effects, also known as dispersion effects, in a loglinear variance model. These local effects have the form
where is the fullrank design matrix corresponding to the effects that you specify and are the parameters that PROC MIXED estimates. An intercept is not included in because it is accounted for by . PROC MIXED constructs the fullrank in terms of 1s and –1s for classification effects. Be sure to scale continuous effects in sensibly.
The LOCAL=POM(POMdataset) option specifies the powerofthemean structure. This structure possesses a variance of the form for the ith observation, where is the ith row of (the design matrix of the fixed effects) and is an estimate of the fixedeffects parameters that you specify in POMdataset.
The SAS data set specified by POMdataset contains the numeric variable Estimate
(in previous releases, the variable name was required to be EST
), and it has at least as many observations as there are fixedeffects parameters. The first p observations of the Estimate
variable in POMdataset are taken to be the elements of , where p is the number of columns of . You must order these observations according to the nonfullrank parameterization of the MIXED procedure. One easy way to
set up POMdataset for a corresponding to ordinary least squares is illustrated by the following statements:
ods output SolutionF=sf; proc mixed; class a; model y = a x / s; run; proc mixed; class a; model y = a x; repeated / local=pom(sf); run;
Note that the generalized least squares estimate of the fixedeffects parameters from the second PROC MIXED step usually is not the same as your specified . However, you can iterate the POM fitting until the two estimates agree. Continuing from the previous example, the statements for performing one step of this iteration are as follows:
ods output SolutionF=sf1; proc mixed; class a; model y = a x / s; repeated / local=pom(sf); run; proc compare brief data=sf compare=sf1; var estimate; run; data sf; set sf1; run;
Unfortunately, this iterative process does not always converge. For further details, see the description of pseudolikelihood in Chapter 3 of Carroll and Ruppert (1988).
specifies that only the local effects and no others be weighted. By default, all effects are weighted. The LOCALW option is used in connection with the WEIGHT statement and the LOCAL option in the REPEATED statement.
specifies that only the nonlocal effects and no others be weighted. By default, all effects are weighted. The NONLOCALW option is used in connection with the WEIGHT statement and the LOCAL option in the REPEATED statement.
requests that blocks of the estimated matrix be displayed. The first block determined by the SUBJECT= effect is the default displayed block. PROC MIXED displays blanks for valuelists that are 0.
The valuelist indicates the subjects for which blocks of are to be displayed. For example, the following statement displays block matrices for the first, third, and fifth persons:
repeated / type=cs subject=person r=1,3,5;
See the PARMS statement for the possible forms of valuelist. The ODS table name is R.
produces the Cholesky root of blocks of the estimated matrix. The valuelist specification is the same as with the R option. The ODS table name is CholR.
produces the inverse Cholesky root of blocks of the estimated matrix. The valuelist specification is the same as with the R option. The ODS table name is InvCholR.
produces the correlation matrix corresponding to blocks of the estimated matrix. The valuelist specification is the same as with the R option. The ODS table name is RCorr.
produces the inverse of blocks of the estimated matrix. The valuelist specification is the same as with the R option. The ODS table name is InvR.
requests that an unstructured matrix be estimated from the sumofsquaresandcrossproducts matrix of the residuals. It applies only when you specify TYPE=UN and have no RANDOM statements. Also, you must have a sufficient number of subjects for the estimate to be positive definite.
This option is useful when the size of the blocks of is large (for example, greater than 10) and you want to use or inspect an unstructured estimate that is much quicker to compute than the default REML estimate. The two estimates will agree for certain balanced data sets when you have a classification fixed effect defined across all time points within a subject.
identifies the subjects in your mixed model. Complete independence is assumed across subjects; therefore, the SUBJECT= option produces a blockdiagonal structure in with identical blocks. When the SUBJECT= effect consists entirely of classification variables, the blocks of correspond to observations sharing the same level of that effect. These blocks are sorted according to this effect as well.
Continuous variables are permitted as arguments to the SUBJECT= option. PROC MIXED does not sort by the values of the continuous variable; rather, it considers the data to be from a new subject or group whenever the value of the continuous variable changes from the previous observation. Using a continuous variable decreases execution time for models with a large number of subjects or groups and also prevents the production of a large "Class Level Information" table.
If you want to model nonzero covariance among all of the observations in your SAS data set, specify SUBJECT=INTERCEPT to treat the data as if they are all from one subject. However, be aware that in this case PROC MIXED manipulates an matrix with dimensions equal to the number of observations. If no SUBJECT= effect is specified, then every observation is assumed to be from a different subject and is assumed to be diagonal. For this reason, you usually want to use the SUBJECT= option in the REPEATED statement.
specifies the covariance structure of the matrix. The SUBJECT= option defines the blocks of , and the TYPE= option specifies the structure of these blocks. Valid values for covariancestructure and their descriptions are provided in Table 65.17 and Table 65.18. The default structure is VC.
Table 65.17: Covariance Structures
Structure 
Description 
Parms 
element 

ANTE(1) 
Antedependence 


AR(1) 
Autoregressive(1) 
2 

ARH(1) 
Heterogeneous AR(1) 


ARMA(1,1) 
ARMA(1,1) 
3 

CS 
Compound symmetry 
2 

CSH 
Heterogeneous CS 


FA(q) 
Factor analytic 


FA0(q) 
No diagonal FA 


FA1(q) 
Equal diagonal FA 


HF 
HuynhFeldt 


LIN(q) 
General linear 
q 

TOEP 
Toeplitz 
t 

TOEP(q) 
Banded Toeplitz 
q 

TOEPH 
Heterogeneous TOEP 


TOEPH(q) 
Banded hetero TOEP 


UN 
Unstructured 


UN(q) 
Banded 


UNR 
Unstructured corrs 


UNR(q) 
Banded correlations 


UN@AR(1) 
Direct product AR(1) 


UN@CS 
Direct product CS 


UN@UN 
Direct product UN 




VC 
Variance components 
q 

and i corresponds to kth effect 
In Table 65.17, "Parms" is the number of covariance parameters in the structure, t is the overall dimension of the covariance matrix, and equals 1 when A is true and 0 otherwise. For example, 1 equals 1 when and 0 otherwise, and 1 equals 1 when and 0 otherwise. For the TYPE=TOEPH structures, , and for the TYPE=UNR structures, for all i. For the direct product structures, the subscripts "1" and "2" see the first and second structure in the direct product, respectively, and , , , and .
Table 65.18: Spatial Covariance Structures
Structure 
Description 
Parms 
element 

SP(EXP)(clist ) 
Exponential 
2 

SP(EXPA)(clist ) 
Anisotropic exponential 


SP(EXPGA)() 
2D exponential, 
4 

geometrically anisotropic 

SP(GAU)(clist ) 
Gaussian 
2 

SP(GAUGA)() 
2D Gaussian, 
4 

geometrically anisotropic 

SP(LIN)(clist ) 
Linear 
2 

SP(LINL)(clist ) 
Linear log 
2 



SP(MATERN)(clist) 
Matérn 
3 

SP(MATHSW)(clist) 
Matérn 
3 

(HandcockSteinWallis) 

SP(POW)(clist) 
Power 
2 

SP(POWA)(clist) 
Anisotropic power 


SP(SPH)(clist ) 
Spherical 
2 

SP(SPHGA)() 
2D Spherical, 
4 

geometrically anisotropic 

In Table 65.18, clist contains the names of the numeric variables used as coordinates of the location of the observation in space, and is the Euclidean distance between the ith and jth vectors of these coordinates, which correspond to the ith and jth observations in the input data set. For SP(POWA) and SP(EXPA), c is the number of coordinates, and is the absolute distance between the kth coordinate, , of the ith and jth observations in the input data set. For the geometrically anisotropic structures SP(EXPGA), SP(GAUGA), and SP(SPHGA), exactly two spatial coordinate variables must be specified as and . Geometric anisotropy is corrected by applying a rotation and scaling to the coordinate system, and represents the Euclidean distance between two points in the transformed space. SP(MATERN) and SP(MATHSW) represent covariance structures in a class defined by Matérn (see Matérn 1986; Handcock and Stein 1993; Handcock and Wallis 1994). The function is the modified Bessel function of the second kind of (real) order ; the parameter governs the smoothness of the process (see below for more details).
Table 65.19 lists some examples of the structures in Table 65.17 and Table 65.18.
Table 65.19: Covariance Structure Examples
Description 
Structure 
Example 

Variance 
VC (default) 

Compound 
CS 

Unstructured 
UN 

Banded main 
UN(1) 

Firstorder 
AR(1) 

Toeplitz 
TOEP 

Toeplitz with 
TOEP(2) 

Spatial 
SP(POW)(c) 

Heterogeneous 
ARH(1) 

Firstorder 
ARMA(1,1) 

Heterogeneous 
CSH 

Firstorder 
FA(1) 

HuynhFeldt 
HF 

Firstorder 
ANTE(1) 

Heterogeneous 
TOEPH 

Unstructured 
UNR 

Direct product 
UN@AR(1) 


The following provides some further information about these covariance structures:
specifies the firstorder antedependence structure (see Kenward 1987; Patel 1991; Macchiavelli and Arnold 1994). In Table 65.17, is the ith variance parameter, and is the kth autocorrelation parameter satisfying .
specifies a firstorder autoregressive structure. PROC MIXED imposes the constraint for stationarity.
specifies a heterogeneous firstorder autoregressive structure. As with TYPE=AR(1), PROC MIXED imposes the constraint for stationarity.
specifies the firstorder autoregressive movingaverage structure. In Table 65.17, is the autoregressive parameter, models a movingaverage component, and is the residual variance. In the notation of Fuller (1976, p. 68), and
The example in Table 65.19 and imply that
where and . PROC MIXED imposes the constraints and for stationarity, although for some values of and in this region the resulting covariance matrix is not positive definite. When the estimated value of becomes negative, the computed covariance is multiplied by to account for the negativity.
specifies the compoundsymmetry structure, which has constant variance and constant covariance.
specifies the heterogeneous compoundsymmetry structure. This structure has a different variance parameter for each diagonal element, and it uses the square roots of these parameters in the offdiagonal entries. In Table 65.17, is the ith variance parameter, and is the correlation parameter satisfying .
specifies the factoranalytic structure with q factors (Jennrich and Schluchter, 1986). This structure is of the form , where is a rectangular matrix and is a diagonal matrix with t different parameters. When q > 1, the elements of in its upperright corner (that is, the elements in the ith row and jth column for j > i) are set to zero to fix the rotation of the structure.
is similar to the FA(q) structure except that no diagonal matrix is included. When q < t—that is, when the number of factors is less than the dimension of the matrix—this structure is nonnegative definite but not of full rank. In this situation, you can use it for approximating an unstructured matrix in the RANDOM statement or for combining with the LOCAL option in the REPEATED statement. When q = t, you can use this structure to constrain to be nonnegative definite in the RANDOM statement.
is similar to the TYPE=FA(q) structure except that all of the elements in are constrained to be equal. This offers a useful and more parsimonious alternative to the full factoranalytic structure.
specifies the HuynhFeldt covariance structure (Huynh and Feldt, 1970). This structure is similar to the TYPE=CSH structure in that it has the same number of parameters and heterogeneity along the main diagonal. However, it constructs the offdiagonal elements by taking arithmetic rather than geometric means.
You can perform a likelihood ratio test of the HuynhFeldt conditions by running PROC MIXED twice, once with TYPE=HF and once with TYPE=UN , and then subtracting their respective values of –2 times the maximized likelihood.
If PROC MIXED does not converge under your HuynhFeldt model, you can specify your own starting values with the PARMS statement. The default MIVQUE(0) starting values can sometimes be poor for this structure. A good choice for starting values is often the parameter estimates corresponding to an initial fit that uses TYPE=CS .
specifies the general linear covariance structure with q parameters. This structure consists of a linear combination of known matrices that are input with the LDATA= option. This structure is very general, and you need to make sure that the variance matrix is positive definite. By default, PROC MIXED sets the initial values of the parameters to 1. You can use the PARMS statement to specify other initial values.
is an alias for TYPE=LIN(q) .
is an alias for TYPE=VC .
specifies the spatial anisotropic exponential structure, where clist is a list of variables indicating the coordinates. This structure has element equal to
where c is the number of coordinates and is the absolute distance between the kth coordinate () of the ith and jth observations in the input data set. There are 2c + 1 parameters to be estimated: , (), and .
You might want to constrain some of the EXPA parameters to known values. For example, suppose you have three coordinate variables C1, C2, and C3 and you want to constrain the powers to equal 2, as in Sacks et al. (1989). Suppose further that you want to model covariance across the entire input data set and you suspect the and estimates are close to 3, 4, 5, and 1, respectively. Then specify the following statements:
repeated / type=sp(expa)(c1 c2 c3) subject=intercept; parms (3) (4) (5) (2) (2) (2) (1) / hold=4,5,6;
specify modification of the isotropic SP(EXP) covariance structure.
specify modification of the isotropic SP(GAU) covariance structure.
specify modification of the isotropic SP(SPH) covariance structure.
These are structures that allow for geometric anisotropy in two dimensions. The coordinates are specified by the variables
c1
and c2
.
If the spatial process is geometrically anisotropic in , then it is isotropic in the coordinate system
for a properly chosen angle and scaling factor . Elliptical isocorrelation contours are thereby transformed to spherical contours, adding two parameters to the respective isotropic covariance structures. Euclidean distances (see Table 65.18) are expressed in terms of .
The angle of the clockwise rotation is reported in radians, . The scaling parameter represents the ratio of the range parameters in the direction of the major and minor axis of the correlation contours. In other words, following a rotation of the coordinate system by angle , isotropy is achieved by compressing or magnifying distances in one coordinate by the factor .
Fixing reduces the models to isotropic ones for any angle of rotation. If the scaling parameter is held constant at 1.0, you should also hold constant the angle of rotation, as in the following statements:
repeated / type=sp(expga)(gxc gyc) subject=intercept; parms (6) (1.0) (0.0) (1) / hold=2,3;
If is fixed at any other value than 1.0, the angle of rotation can be estimated. Specifying a starting grid of angles and scaling factors can considerably improve the convergence properties of the optimization algorithm for these models. Only a single random effect with geometrically anisotropic structure is permitted.
specifies covariance structures in the Matérn class of covariance functions (Matérn, 1986). Two observations for the same subject (block of ) that are Euclidean distance apart have covariance
where is the modified Bessel function of the second kind of (real) order . The smoothness (continuity) of a stochastic process with covariance function in this class increases with . The Matérn class thus enables datadriven estimation of the smoothness properties. The covariance is identical to the exponential model for (TYPE=SP(EXP)(clist)), while for the model advocated by Whittle (1954) results. As the model approaches the gaussian covariance structure (TYPE=SP(GAU)(clist)).
The MATHSW structure represents the Matérn class in the parameterization of Handcock and Stein (1993) and Handcock and Wallis (1994),
Since computation of the function and its derivatives is numerically very intensive, fitting models with Matérn covariance structures can be more timeconsuming than with other spatial covariance structures. Good starting values are essential.
specifies the spatial power structures. When the estimated value of becomes negative, the computed covariance is multiplied by to account for the negativity.
specifies a banded Toeplitz structure. This can be viewed as a movingaverage structure with order equal to . The TYPE=TOEP option is a full Toeplitz matrix, which can be viewed as an autoregressive structure with order equal to the dimension of the matrix. The specification TYPE=TOEP(1) is the same as , where I is an identity matrix, and it can be useful for specifying the same variance component for several effects.
specifies a heterogeneous banded Toeplitz structure. In Table 65.17, is the ith variance parameter and is the jth correlation parameter satisfying . If you specify the order parameter q, then PROC MIXED estimates only the first q bands of the matrix, setting all higher bands equal to 0. The option TOEPH(1) is equivalent to both the TYPE=UN (1) and TYPE=UNR (1) options.
specifies a completely general (unstructured) covariance matrix parameterized directly in terms of variances and covariances. The variances are constrained to be nonnegative, and the covariances are unconstrained. This structure is not constrained to be nonnegative definite in order to avoid nonlinear constraints; however, you can use the TYPE=FA0 structure if you want this constraint to be imposed by a Cholesky factorization. If you specify the order parameter q, then PROC MIXED estimates only the first q bands of the matrix, setting all higher bands equal to 0.
specifies a completely general (unstructured) covariance matrix parameterized in terms of variances and correlations. This structure fits the same model as the TYPE=UN (q) option but with a different parameterization. The ith variance parameter is . The parameter is the correlation between the jth and kth measurements; it satisfies . If you specify the order parameter r, then PROC MIXED estimates only the first q bands of the matrix, setting all higher bands equal to zero.
specify direct (Kronecker) product structures designed for multivariate repeated measures (see Galecki 1994). These structures are constructed by taking the Kronecker product of an unstructured matrix (modeling covariance across the multivariate observations) with an additional covariance matrix (modeling covariance across time or another factor). The upperleft value in the second matrix is constrained to equal 1 to identify the model. See the SAS/IML User's Guide for more details about direct products.
To use these structures in the REPEATED statement, you must specify two distinct REPEATED effects, both of which must be included in the CLASS statement. The first effect indicates the multivariate observations, and the second identifies the levels of time or some additional factor. Note that the input data set must still be constructed in "univariate" format; that is, all dependent observations are still listed observationwise in one single variable. Although this construction provides for general modeling possibilities, it forces you to construct variables indicating both dimensions of the Kronecker product.
For example, suppose your observed data consist of heights and weights of several children measured over several successive years. Your input data set should then contain variables similar to the following:
Y
, all of the heights and weights, with a separate observation for each
Var
, indicating whether the measurement is a height or a weight
Year
, indicating the year of measurement
Child
, indicating the child on which the measurement was taken
Your PROC MIXED statements for a Kronecker AR(1) structure across years would then be as follows:
proc mixed; class Var Year Child; model Y = Var Year Var*Year; repeated Var Year / type=un@ar(1) subject=Child; run;
You should nearly always want to model different means for the multivariate observations; hence the inclusion of Var
in the MODEL
statement. The preceding mean model consists of cell means for all combinations of VAR
and YEAR
.
specifies standard variance components and is the default structure for both the RANDOM and REPEATED statements. In the RANDOM statement, a distinct variance component is assigned to each effect. In the REPEATED statement, this structure is usually used only with the GROUP= option to specify a heterogeneous variance model.
Jennrich and Schluchter (1986) provide general information about the use of covariance structures, and Wolfinger (1996) presents details about many of the heterogeneous structures. Modeling with spatial covariance structures is discussed in many sources (Marx and Thompson, 1987; Zimmerman and Harville, 1991; Cressie, 1993; Brownie, Bowman, and Burton, 1993; Stroup, Baenziger, and Mulitze, 1994; Brownie and Gumpertz, 1997; Gotway and Stroup, 1997; Chilès and Delfiner, 1999; Schabenberger and Gotway, 2005; Littell et al., 2006).