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Jen posted on Friday, December 20, 2013  7:14 pm



Hello, I am having issues replicating the H0 loglikelihood value for the K1 solution in the TECH11 output when comparing 5 and 6class solutions in a LCA. I have read "Using Mplus TECH11 and TECH14 to test the number of latent classes" and generally had good luck with the described method. I have no problems replicating the loglikelihood values for either the c(5) or c(6) solutions themselves (with a modest number of starts, such as STARTS = 400 80), yet no matter how high I put the K1STARTS for c(6) (I have gone up to 5000 1000), I cannot replicate the c(5) loglikelihood value in the TECH11 output (the loglikelihood for the c(5) = 5974.33, but in TECH11 it consistently = 5989.43). Should I worry about this, and is there anything else I might try? Thank you! 


I assume this is a regular "exploratory" LCA so that the first class  which is dropped when doing the k1 class model in the kclass run  doesn't have any parameter restrictions. You can try stscale=10 or 20 or 30. Mplus drops the first class of the 6th class solution – this gives the starting values for the 5th class solution. If there is a some kind of perfect indicator in the 6class solution that is not there for the 5class solution this can happen. If you can match the classes between the 5class and the 6class solution, put the extra class as class one (you can do that by using stvalues or different optseed for the 6 class solution) so that the extra class come up as class 1 in the 6class solution. 

Jen posted on Tuesday, January 07, 2014  2:50 am



Thank you! stscale fixed the problem immediately, with a much lower k1starts. 

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