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ERIC Number: EJ906502
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-3123
Determinants of Standard Errors of MLEs in Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Yuan, Ke-Hai; Cheng, Ying; Zhang, Wei
Psychometrika, v75 n4 p633-648 Dec 2010
This paper studies changes of standard errors (SE) of the normal-distribution-based maximum likelihood estimates (MLE) for confirmatory factor models as model parameters vary. Using logical analysis, simplified formulas and numerical verification, monotonic relationships between SEs and factor loadings as well as unique variances are found. Conditions under which monotonic relationships do not exist are also identified. Such functional relationships allow researchers to better understand the problem when significant factor loading estimates are expected but not obtained, and vice versa. What will affect the likelihood for Heywood cases (negative unique variance estimates) is also explicit through these relationships. Empirical findings in the literature are discussed using the obtained results. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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