Modelling change over time in mediation model

Hey! I am new in the R-world and I am trying to model the change in Z due to X in a longitudinal mediation model. I developed a function to describe the change in Z but keep getting an error when I try to plot zchange. "t" is supposed to be the time that has passed, I suppose there is something wrong with the way I use that? Can anyone tell me what is wrong with my code?
Thank you in advance! :slight_smile:

zchange <- function(a=0.5, t, T=1) {if (t<=0){0}
else if ((0<t)&(t<T)){at}
else if (t>=T) {a
T}}

Hi, and welcome!

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I've reinterpreted the function (for one reason because there's no adjacency operator for multiplication and some of the tests were unneeded)

library(purrr)

zchange <- function(t, a = 0.5, T = 1) {
    ifelse(t <= 0, 0, 
        ifelse(t < T, a*t, a*T)
        )
    }

t <- seq(from = 0.01, to = 0.49, by = 0.01)
z <- map(t, zchange) %>% unlist()
plot(t,z)

Created on 2020-03-07 by the reprex package (v0.3.0)

It would be more interesting, of course, with varying a and T. BTW: I put t as the first argument, because R uses positional processing and a and T have defaults,

Ahh thank you so much!

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