About This Code
This code is used to estimate and compare the mean change in a longitudinal outcome for the adaptive interventions embedded in a SMART using a marginal linear mixed modeling approach.
How can a behavioral scientist use this code?
Behavioral intervention scientists can use this code to make inferences about the relative causal effects of one adaptive intevention versus another using data from a SMART with a longitudinal outcome.
What method does this code implement?
This code implements a psuedo maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) approach. A pseudo MLE is necessary because we are targeting a marginal likelihood (as opposed to targeting the likelihood that gave rise to the data); and therefore weights are used to define the likelihood function. In a SMART, the weights (which are potentially impacted by treatment) are known, by design.