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 Anonymous posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 6:09 am
Just a quick question. I am working on developing a monte carlo CFA simulation that requires Likert type data (e.g., 1=strongly disagree, 2=disagree, 3=agree, 4=strongly agree). This is not a situation where I have the data before hand, so I will have to simulate the data from scratch. In other words, I want to restrict the data generation to numbers between 1-4. How can I tell Mplus that I want 6 independent variables that have the Likert type data? I understand the code for the 6 independent variables, but not the restriction of the data between 1-4. Please, would you give me an example of this restriction using the Mplus code? Thank you, in advance, so much for the help.
 bmuthen posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 6:27 am
You use a setup in line with ex 5.10, which exists in a Monte Carlo version on the Mplus CD. Here, you specify that the outcome is categorical with a certain number of thresholds (#thresholds = #categories minus 1). The theshold values give the probabilities of being in each category.
 hamy temkit posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 - 3:38 pm

I appreciate any input you could have on this.
I would like to run a monte carlo power multigroup
analysis, using the cutpoints option to define my
grouping variable and would like to, not recourse
to generating external files to do so but rather run
basically the simulation in one step.
Here is a snippet of my code. I am getting an error
message regarding grouping option not being
recognized. I am not surprised since we are not using
the DATA option. Is there a way to tweek the code in
order to do this. I have an Mplus License and can
send you my code if needed. Thanks.


names are x y1 y2 y3 y4;
cutpoints = x(0) ;
nobs = 2000;
nreps = 1000;
seed = 2224;
ngroups = 2;
grouping is x (0=G1 1=G2);

Model population:
Model population-G1:
Model population-G2

Model :

 Linda K. Muthen posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 - 4:17 pm
See mcex5.15.inp which comes on the Mplus CD and is available on the website. A grouping variable is not needed.
 hamy temkit posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 11:29 am
Thank you so much for the prompt reply. I think this
might work for my example. Thanks.
 Eric Teman posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 - 12:59 pm
When using the Monte Carlo command, is there a way to save the population covariance matrix as a data file?
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 - 1:36 pm
No, that is not an option for the MONTECARLO command.
 Eric Teman posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 - 2:37 pm
How would I go about generating a population matrix based on certain specifications without having to use an input data file?
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 4:04 pm
See Slides 114-116 of the Topic 4 course handout which can be found on the website.
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