I am performing exploratory LCA and want to assign class memberships to each individual in my dataset to use a regressors in further analysis. I've heard of a method somewhat like multiple imputation for assigning membership, which may reduce the uncertainty involved in assigning membership. Is MPLUS capable of assigning class membership using an imputation idea? What are the pros/cons of using this method? Do you have any references in this topic?
bmuthen posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 2:17 pm
I would suggest instead doing this in a single-step analysis where you include the variables of the "further analysis" in the model. You find applications of this approach in several of my papers in the context of predicting "distal outcomes" such as high school dropout, school removal, and alcohol dependence.
Mplus currently does not do multiple imputations of the class memberships, but that probably gives results similar to what I propose.
canpei posted on Monday, October 27, 2008 - 1:40 pm
Hi, Could you please let me know the title of your papers? Besides, I want to know whether the new version Mplus can tell me who is in each latent class, i.e. the membership of each student.
For references, see this web site under Papers, such as in the category Growth Mixture Modeling - e.g. my 2004 chapter in the Kaplan handbook. For "pseudo-class draws" similar to multiple imputation, see the tech appendix section and the document "Equality tests of means..."
Membership in classes is obtained when requesting cprobabilities (see UG).