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 Dr George Chryssochoidis posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 - 5:41 am
Checking in Manual V6 (examples 6.4 and 6.15), I realise that modeling @ multiple time points (=5) for categorical (=NOMINAL) dependent variable modeling CANNOT be done in MPlus. The modeling I refer to is an extension to classic discrete choice models (McFadden) with the same choice tasks repeated over several discrete time points. My current model design entails 5 discrete choices + no option. Independent variables forming the stimuli: 1 categorical attribute (5 nominal levels [food labels] out of which 2 can also be nested), 1 categorical attribute (food categories treatable as nominal), 1 ordered categorical attribute (2 levels). Please confirm.
 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 - 10:39 am
Modeling of nominal outcomes at multiple time points can be done in Mplus. One approach is latent transition modeling (hidden Markov modeling). See the User's Guide for examples - although none may show a nominal outcome, this is possible.

Other models to correlate the outcomes over time are also possible.
 Dr George Chryssochoidis posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 - 3:22 pm
Looked at 8.13 and 8.14 which refer to the suggestion above. Still face problems linking discrete choice modeling (DCM) and latent transition modeling (LTM); apologies-the problem is mine.

The data #usually# are in a form of rows per respondent for each choice tasks (here=5)- each row reflecting attribute level combinations X No of tasks person is exposed to. The DV column in each row is 0/1 (0=if not; 1=if selected).

The issue is: I am interested in computing the #utilities# of the independent attributes (read above) as revealed through their choices.
This does not look the case in example 8.13 where c1, c2 reflect latent classes of unobserved heterogeneity.

b) Also another issue.. If I control for the impact of latent covariates (CFA factors with items), how do I do that? Element x in example 8.13 acts as a covariate, but can we have CFA factors instead? One would then estimate the influence of factors upon both the choices #per se# (=NOMINAL outcomes) -observed choices or latent factors of these choices
AND
their influence as moderators upon the attribute --> outcome impact.

These in a dynamic mode.

Thank you for clarifying on these two distinct issues.
 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 - 3:59 pm
Discrete-choice modeling involves utilities as you say and as far as I remember these are continuous latent variables underlying each of the different categories of a nominal outcome (where the outcome is chosen that has the highest l.v. score). That's the part I don't think Mplus can model yet, but I may be wrong. Any input from others?

b) Yes, you can have a CFA model and predict from those factors, etc.
 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 - 5:19 pm
What is possible in Mplus is to have a 2-level model for nominal outcomes. That is, for example, a random intercept model. For your applicaton, level 1 would represent variation across time and level 2 variation across individuals. This is one way of accounting for the longitudinal correlation. But it isn't discrete-choice modeling.
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