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Jon Elhai posted on Tuesday, April 07, 2009  6:39 pm



Is there a way to obtain a correlation matrix for an SEM model, including intercorrelations among all exogenous observed variables and latent factors within the model? I tried this using TECH4 but the matrix only reports correlations for latent factors and endogenous observed variables. I'm using WLSMV estimation with binary and continuous observed variables. 


It is not straighforward to get this info via WLSMV estimation. You can turn your exogenous observed variables (which Mplus calls "x's") into "y's" by mentioning say their means. But note that this changes your model assumptions because then you need to assume underlying normality also for these x's  that is, you cannot benefit from the less stringent Mplus assumption of conditional underlying normality for the y's and no distributional assumption for the x's. 

Catherine posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2011  10:28 am



Hello, I have a question about the correlation matrix Mplus produces. This correlation matrix dramatically differs from the correlation matrix SPSS produces. Where do these differences come from, and wich one should I use? Thanks 


The differences could be that the type of correlations differ between the two programs, for example, if you are using WLSMV with binary variables in Mplus you will obtain tetrachoric correlations. In SPSS, you will obtain Pearson correlations. Also, the sample sizes most likely differ. If this does not clear things up for you, please send both the Mplus and SPSS outputs and your license number to support@statmodel.com. 


Dr. Muthén, I have an excel file with a correlation matrix, could you provide me guidance (or a reference) in how to use this as an input of Mplus? Thank you in advance 


See Examples 13.1 and 13.2 and pages 510511 of the user's guide. 

Stephanie posted on Saturday, November 30, 2013  1:57 pm



I have a question regrading the correlation matrix in MPlus. As my dependent variable is dichotomous I am using the WLSMV estimator. Furthermore the model contains other dichotomous as well as continuous variables and additionally two latent contructs. Now I need to calculate the correlation matix and the levels of significance. I ran a TYPE=BASIC in the analysis command as well as a SAMPSTAT in the output command, but I am not sure, where the levels of significance are reportet. Could you please give me advice where I can find them? Besides, I am not sure if it is possible to calculate the correlations between the latent contructs an all other variables in the model? I thank you very much for your kind support! 


I believe with TYPE=BASIC and WLSMV you get standard errors of the sample statistics. You can use those to get pvalues. There is no option that gives correlations between observed and latent variables. 

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