A non-parametric repeated-measures multi-way Anova in R?

The following question is one of those holy grails for me for some time now, I hope someone might be able to offer a good advice.

I wish to perform a non-parametric repeated measures multiway anova using R.

I have been doing some online searching and reading for some time, and so far was able to find solutions for only some of the cases: friedman test for one way nonparametric repeated measures anova, ordinal regression with {car} Anova function for multi way nonparametric anova, and so on. The partial solutions is NOT what I am looking for in this question thread. I have summarized my findings so far in a post I published some time ago (titled: Repeated measures ANOVA with R (functions and tutorials), in case it would help anyone)

If what I read online is true, this task might be achieved using a mixed Ordinal Regression model (a.k.a: Proportional Odds Model).

I found two packages that seems relevant, but couldn’t find any vignette on the subject:

So being new to the subject matter, I was hoping for some directions from people here.

Are there any tutorials/suggested-reading on the subject? Even better, can someone suggest a simple example code for how to run and analyse this in R (e.g: “non-parametric repeated measures multiway anova”) ?


The ez package, of which I am the author, has a function called ezPerm() which computes a permutation test, but probably doesn’t do interactions properly (the documentation admits as much). The latest version has a function called ezBoot(), which lets you do bootstrap resampling that takes into account repeated measures (by resampling subjects, then within subjects), either using traditional cell means as the prediction statistic or using mixed effects modelling to make predictions for each cell in the design. I’m still not sure how “non-parametric” the bootstrap CIs from mixed effects model predictions are; my intuition is that they might reasonably be considered non-parametric, but my confidence in this area is low given that I’m still learning about mixed effects models.

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