11 September 2019
An Introduction to Latent Variable Modelling using Mplus
This short-course provides an introduction to latent variable modelling – an ever increasingly used approach in the behavioural and social sciences.
Professor Mark Shevlin
It is expected that participants will have some knowledge of different variable types (nominal, ordinal, etc.), descriptive statistics and a working knowledge of hypothesis testing prior to taking the course. An understanding of regression and correlation would be a benefit.
This short-course provides an introduction to latent variable modelling – an ever increasingly used approach in the behavioural and social sciences. The short-course covers many of the major features of latent variable models including confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis (with and without error) and modelling the relationships between latent variables. The historical and statistical foundations of latent variable models will be detailed, with particular attention paid to the issues of measurement, specification, estimation and interpretation of models. We will demonstrate how latent variable models offer an extremely flexible framework for statistical analysis and one that allows complex hypotheses to be tested.
Some extensions to the basic latent variable model will be introduced, such as multiple group analysis, MIMIC models, and the application of model constraints. The course will be delivered by means of lectures and hands-on practical work. The final session of each day will include a question and answer session with the opportunity for everyone to discuss their research interests and their own data structures. Mplus will be used, but no experience of this software is required.
This course can be taken as part of a Postgraduate Certificate in Quantitative Methods for the Behavioural and Social Sciences (30 ETCs; 60 UK-credits). It can also be taken without credits.
GBP 300: Full fee
GBP 200: Discounted fee for students/unwaged