Categorical Structural Equation Modeling

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Date(s) - 05/06/2021 - 05/08/2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Structural equation modeling (SEM) is a framework for fitting many types of statistical models, including simple regression models, multivariate path models, confirmatory factor models, latent variable path models, and latent growth models. Since its inception, the standard SEM has been a linear model with normally distributed outcomes. That’s been a big limitation because many outcome variables are binary or ordinal–in almost every discipline.

While many SEM packages are still limited to linear/normal models, the last decade has seen the emergence of several SEM packages that do an excellent job of estimating non-normal models. Unfortunately, these models differ in several ways from standard SEM, and there is little didactic literature on how to properly use and interpret categorical SEM.

This seminar fills that gap by presenting a comprehensive treatment of SEM for binary and ordinal outcomes, using two of the best software packages for the task: Mplus and lavaan (a package for R).

Starting May 6, we are offering this seminar as a 3-day synchronous*, remote workshop for the first time. Each day will consist of a 4-hour live lecture held via the free video-conferencing software Zoom. You are encouraged to join the lecture live, but will have the opportunity to view the recorded session later in the day if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

Each lecture session will conclude with a hands-on exercise reviewing the content covered, to be completed on your own. An additional session will be held Thursday and Friday afternoons as an “office hour”, where you can review the exercise results with the instructor and ask any questions.

The fee of $895 includes all course materials.

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