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 Florian Kaiser posted on Thursday, September 01, 2016 - 12:43 am
Dear Mplus team,

I want to estimate a longitudinal SEM model that includes two latent variables (LVs: M, R) over two time points. The indicators for these LVs are categorical (4 resp. 5 categories).
At the second time point the two LVs interact (MxR) to explain the examined outcome (D <- M + R + MxR) in my analysis.

Because the constructs are measured over time the estimation of residual correlations for each indicators of the 2 LVs is needed. Browsing the Mplus discussion WLSMV is preferred in this case over ML with numerical integration (MLRnum). Otherwise MLRnum has a nice ability to estimate LV interactions by the XWITH-command. It seems to be the preferred method when modeling latent interactions.

My question is now, which of both estimators (WLSMV or MLRnum) has to be selected in a longitudinal SEM with categorical indicators including a latent interaction.
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Thursday, September 01, 2016 - 7:06 am
ONLY MLR can use the XWITH option.
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