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 CB posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 6:13 am
Based on my understanding of LCA, I know there are two parameters (latent class probabilities and item-response probabilities) that are estimated using a likelihood similar to what is used for a finite mixture model. However, does this mean that this likelihood is the only one solved to estimate the parameters? Or is there a likelihood solved for each indicator and then another likelihood is solved for the entire latent variable using the parameter estimates from each indicator? Finally, is there a reference that describes this in more detail? Thanks!
 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 9:25 am
There is only one likelihood and it covers all the indicators. Google LCA and you will find description of ML estimation by authors such as Goodman, Clogg, etc.
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