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ERIC Number: EJ909182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0027-3171
Selection between Linear Factor Models and Latent Profile Models Using Conditional Covariances
Halpin, Peter F.; Maraun, Michael D.
Multivariate Behavioral Research, v45 n6 p910-934 2010
A method for selecting between K-dimensional linear factor models and (K + 1)-class latent profile models is proposed. In particular, it is shown that the conditional covariances of observed variables are constant under factor models but nonlinear functions of the conditioning variable under latent profile models. The performance of a convenient inferential method suggested by the main result is examined via data simulation and is shown to have acceptable error rate control when deciding between the 2 types of models. The proposed test is illustrated using examples from vocational assessment and developmental psychology. (Contains 4 figures, 8 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery