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 Jon Heron posted on Wednesday, October 07, 2009 - 1:23 pm
Hi everyone

I've been throwing a variety of models at 5 repeat measures of emotional symptoms in the hope of plucking out a bunch of interesting kids who increase from childhood into adolescence.

Today I've been playing with GMM's on a standardized continuous form of my scales.

As I stare blankly at the results, I wondering if it really makes sense to do this. I've heard of doing growth modelling on standardized data but not necessarily mixture modelling. It seems that I can't get my desired increasing class without a corresponding decreasing one to keep the population mean at zero.

If you're wondering why the scales are standardized, I've chucked my dichotomised sum-score measures for now and am experimenting with some factors derived from the individual items. I don't this this is relevant to my question though.

cheers, Jon
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Wednesday, October 07, 2009 - 3:37 pm
I would not work with standardized measures. See The Metric Matters by Mike Seltzer.
 Jon Heron posted on Thursday, October 08, 2009 - 12:53 pm
thanks Linda
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