Publication date: 10/01/2019

EMS (Traditional) Model Fit Reports

Caution: The use of EMS is not recommended. REML is the recommended method.

When EMS is selected as the fitting method, four new reports are displayed. The Effect Tests report is not shown, as tests for both fixed and random effects are conducted in the Tests wrt Random Effects report.

Expected Mean Squares

The expected mean square for a model effect is a linear combination of variance components and fixed effect values, including the residual error variance. This table gives the coefficients that define each model effect’s expected mean square. The rows of the matrix correspond to the effects, listed on the left. The columns correspond to the variance components, identified across the top. Each expected mean square includes the residual variance with a coefficient of one. This information is given beneath the table.

Figure 3.64 shows the Expected Mean Squares report for the Investment sample data table. Run the Model - EMS script and then run the model.

Figure 3.64 Expected Mean Squares Report 

As indicated by the table, the expected mean square for Casting[Temperature] is

Variance Component Estimates

Estimates of the variance components are obtained by equating the expected mean squares to the corresponding observed mean squares and solving. The Variance Component Estimates report gives the estimated variance components.


Lists the random effects.

Var Comp Est

Gives the estimate of the variance component.

Percent of Total

Gives the ratio of the variance component to the sum of the variance components.


Gives the coefficient of variation for the variance component. It is 100 times the square root of the variance component, divided by the mean response.

Note: Appears only if you right-click in the report and select Columns > CV.

Test Denominator Synthesis

For each effect to be tested, an F statistic is constructed. The denominator for this statistic is the mean square whose expectation is that of the numerator mean square under the null hypothesis. This denominator is constructed, or synthesized, from variance components and values associated with fixed effects.


Shows the effect to be tested.

MS Den

Gives the estimated mean square for the denominator of the F test.

DF Den

Gives the degrees of freedom for the synthesized denominator. These are constructed using Satterthwaite’s method (Satterthwaite 1946).

Denom MS Synthesis

Gives the variance components used in the denominator synthesis. The residual error variance is always part of this synthesis.

Tests wrt Random Effects

Tests for fixed and random effects are presented in this report.


Lists the effects to be tested. These include fixed and random effects.


Gives the sum of squares for the effect.

MS Num

Gives the numerator mean square.

DF Num

Gives the numerator degrees of freedom.

F Ratio

Gives the F ratio for the test. It is the ratio of the numerator mean square to the denominator mean square. The denominator mean square can be obtained from the Test Denominator Synthesis report.

Prob > F

Gives the p-value for the effect test.

Caution: Standard errors for least squares means and denominators for contrast F tests use the synthesized denominator. In certain situations, such as tests involving crossed effects compared at common levels, these tests might not be appropriate. Custom tests are conducted using residual error, and leverage plots are constructed using the residual error, so these also might not be appropriate.

EMS Profiler

When you use the EMS method and select Factor Profiling > Profiler, the profiler gives predictions and conditional mean confidence intervals based on the fixed-effects model. These values are not based on the predicted values for the random effects.

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