Model selection in linear mixed models

Linear mixed effects models are highly flexible in handling a broad range of data types and are therefore widely used in applications. A key part in the analysis of data is model selection, which often aims to choose a parsimonious model with other desirable properties from a possibly very large set of candidate statistical models. Over the last 5-10 years the literature on model selection in linear mixed models has grown extremely rapidly.  The problem is much more complicated than in linear regression because selection on the covariance structure is not straightforward due to computational issues and boundary problems arising from positive semidefinite constraints on covariance matrices. The project will involve reviewing and comparing selected methods from either the LASSO or the Fence groups of procedures.