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Growth Modeling of Longitudinal Data
Natalie D. Eggum
posted on Friday, February 19, 2010 - 5:08 pm
I am running a growth mixture model and do not know how I should treat the residuals. It seems to me the residuals should be allowed to vary across latent class. Is this correct?
Within class, should I constrain them to be equal across time or allow them to be freely estimated across time?
Linda K. Muthen
posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 3:49 pm
The Mplus defaults are that the residual variances are free across time and equal across classes. I would start with the defaults and look at plots to see if the equality across classes needs to relaxed for one or more classes.
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