# Plotting two-way interactions from mixed-effects models using ten or six bins

Whereas the direction of main effects can be interpreted from the sign of the estimate, the interpretation of interaction effects often requires plots. This task is facilitated by the R package `sjPlot`

(Lüdecke, 2022). In Bernabeu (2022), the sjPlot function called `plot_model`

served as the basis for the creation of some custom functions. Two of these functions are `deciles_interaction_plot`

and `sextiles_interaction_plot`

. These functions allow the plotting of interactions between two continuous variables. In the case of `deciles_interaction_plot`

, one of the variables is divided into ten bins, known as deciles, and the other variable is unchanged. In the case of `sextiles_interaction_plot`

, one of the variables is divided into six bins, or sextiles, and the other variable is unchanged.

Below, we’ll use these functions with models fitted using `lmerTest`

(Kuznetsova et al., 2022), although the functions also work with several other models (see sjPlot manual). The plots can be reproduced using the materials at https://osf.io/gt5uf.

## Sextiles interaction plot

### The function

### References

Bernabeu, P. (2022). *Language and sensorimotor simulation in conceptual processing: Multilevel analysis and statistical power*. Lancaster University. https://doi.org/10.17635/lancaster/thesis/1795

Kuznetsova, A., Brockhoff, P. B., & Christensen, R. H. B. (2022). *Package ’lmerTest’*. CRAN. https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/lmerTest/lmerTest.pdf

Lüdecke, D. (2022). *Package ’sjPlot’*. CRAN. https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/sjPlot/sjPlot.pdf