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ERIC Number: EJ1070329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1076-9986
Visualizing Confidence Bands for Semiparametrically Estimated Nonlinear Relations among Latent Variables
Pek, Jolynn; Chalmers, R. Philip; Kok, Bethany E.; Losardo, Diane
Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, v40 n4 p402-423 Aug 2015
Structural equation mixture models (SEMMs), when applied as a semiparametric model (SPM), can adequately recover potentially nonlinear latent relationships without their specification. This SPM is useful for exploratory analysis when the form of the latent regression is unknown. The purpose of this article is to help users familiar with structural equation models to add SEMM to their toolkit of exploratory analytic options. We describe how the SEMM captures potential nonlinearity between latent variables, and how confidence bands (CBs; point wise and simultaneous) for the recovered latent function are constructed and interpreted. We then illustrate the usefulness of CBs for inference with an empirical example on the effect of emotions on cognitive processing. We also introduce a visualization tool that automatically generates plots of the latent regression and their CBs to promote user accessibility. Finally, we conclude with a discussion on the use of this SPM for exploratory research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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