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 Jaimee posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 4:01 pm
I am trying to figure out how to plot an interaction effect between 2 level 2 variables in a MLM. I am having a bit of trouble as I am getting confused with the syntax.

Here is what I have

USEVARIABLES clus Y X C D M N O MxN;
CLUSTER = clus;
WITHIN = C D;
BETWEEN = M N O MxN;
DEFINE:
MxN = M*N;
CENTER M (GRANDMEAN);
CENTER N (GRANDMEAN);
CENTER O (GRANDMEAN);

ANALYSIS: TYPE = TWOLEVEL;

MODEL: %within%
Y on C D;
%BETWEEN%
Y on M (beta1)
N (beta2)
O
MxN;

MODEL CONSTRAINT:
PLOT(interaction);
LOOP(moderate, 5, 28, 1);
Y = beta1+beta2* moderate;
PLOT: TYPE = PLOT2;

The model constraint and naming of the pathways is where I am confused. I need a plot with Y on the Y axis, N as the moderator and M on the X axis.

Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks very much.
 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 6:18 pm
Take a look at how it is done for UG ex 3.18 as shown on our Mediation page:

http://www.statmodel.com/Mediation.shtml

Just translate that to your Between-level statements.
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