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Data structure in Structure equation model

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:36 pm
by Frankfeng

I use Structure equation model for the Latent variable (factor) models. I came across two issues. First is, how can I put the categorical variable as predictor into the model? It is easy to put gender (male/female), but what if the variable has more than 2 categories? How can I create them for analysis?

Second, when I put tow or three variables as predictor, the results looks good, but when I put more, the results go wrong. such as the coefficient come up "1.35e-49", all the predictor are binary.

Thank you very much!

Re: Data structure in Structure equation model

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:50 pm
by Harvey Goldstein
For categorical predictors use dummy variable codes. Re you results this seems to be a data problem - I suggest you look for rogue values or linear dependencies among predictors.
Harvey Goldstein