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Latent Class and Discrete Latent Trait Models

Latent Class and Discrete Latent Trait Models
Similarities and Differences

April 1996 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The standard latent class model. It has been popular among social scientists as an instrument for data reduction, as a flexible tool for analyzing structural relationships between categorical variables, and as a natural extension of the log-linear model in order to take measurement error into account. What, however, are the similarities and differences between the latent class model and latent trait models? Through a careful examination of these issues, author Ton Heinen explores such topics as how to estimate the parameters of latent class analysis models as well as the methods for model selection and ways to examine the correspondence between discrete latent trait models and certain restricted latent class models. In addition, he reviews log-linear models, latent trait models, and a number of restricted latent class models in detail as well as for the estimation of parameters for these models. Readers who would like to see how the estimation of the parameters in latent trait models plays a role in the correspondence between latent class and latent trait models will find Latent Class and Discrete Latent Trait Models a fascinating read.

Log-Linear Models and Latent Class Analysis
Latent Class Measurement Models
Latent Trait Models
Discretized Latent Trait Models
Estimation in Latent Trait Models

"Although there are differences between latent class and latent trait models, the author of this very readable book delineates the similarities between these modeling approaches." 

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ISBN: 9780803974333