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 Sophie Barthel posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 12:18 pm
I have used a growth mixture model on my dataset and identified a model with 4 classes which fits the data well and also runs in line with my hypothesis. However, if I now want to use those classes on a new set of patients (for whom I only have a few datapoints), how would this be done? I would like to for example be able to identify at cut-off point for the variable of interest at which I could allocate patients to the groups.

On a related note, how can I best identify which patients were in which groups in the analysis?
 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 1:39 pm
For your first question you would fix all parameters of the model to the estimated parameter values from the full run when running it with the new set of patients, using missing data indicators for the data points you don't have. This gives the posterior probabilities of class membership for these new patients which can be used for classification.

To identify patients' group membership you use Save=cprobabilities (see UG). That file will give you most likely class membership.
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