Abstract: Bayesian multilevel models are increasingly used to overcome the limitations of frequentist approaches in the analysis of complex structured data. During this session, I will briefly introduce the logic of Bayesian inference and motivate the use of multilevel modelling. I will then show how Bayesian multilevel models can be fitted using the probabilistic programming language Stan and the
brms (Bürkner, 2016). The brms package allows fitting complex nonlinear multilevel (aka ‘mixed-effects’) models using an understandable high-level formula syntax. I will demonstrate the use of brms with some general examples and discuss model comparison tools available within the package. Prior experience with data manipulation and linear models in
R will be helpful.