Greetings, Let's say that I have a first-order measurement model for which I want to "explore" the higher-order structure (i.e. ESEM), which is not directly possible.
I could export the latent covariance matrix from the initial measurement model to a new data set, and use it as the data for the higher-order analysis.
My understanding is that I can get the latent mean and covariance matrix with the following command: SAVEDATA: TECH4 IS tech4.dat;
But then, I'm not sure how exactly to have the program read this new data file (not sure the format of the tech4.dat file). Is it: DATA: File is tech4.dat; TYPE is FULLCOV MEANS; or TYPE is MEANS FULLCOV ; or TYPE is COVARIANCE MEANS; or TYPE is MEANS COVARIANCE;
And then I guess the variable order corresponds to their order of appearance int the initial input ?