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ERIC Number: EJ772377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 24
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ISSN: ISSN-0027-3171
Examining Factor Score Distributions to Determine the Nature of Latent Spaces
Steinley, Douglas; McDonald, Roderick P.
Multivariate Behavioral Research, v42 n1 p133-156 2007
Similarities between latent class models with K classes and linear factor models with K-1 factors are investigated. Specifically, the mathematical equivalence between the covariance structure of the two models is discussed, and a Monte Carlo simulation is performed using generated data that represents both latent factors and latent classes with known amounts of overlap. It is shown that, under certain conditions, the distribution of factor scores can be related to the continuity of the latent space via tests of multimodality as suggested by McDonald (1967).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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