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 Philipp Jugert posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 1:29 am
I am trying to estimate a threelevel model where I have students (level 1), classrooms (level2) and countries (level3). I have no variables measured at level 2 but I would like to use L2 cluster averages for level1 variables. In Type=TWOLEVEL this works with latent variable decomposition but this seems not to work for Type=THREELEVEL. So I used the cluster_mean function to compute cluster means. My question is how I can make sure that Mplus really computes the L2 cluster means and does not include L3 in some way. I used the following syntax:

CLUSTER IS ctry idclass;
BETWEEN = (idclass) classses ;
classses = CLUSTER_MEAN (ses);

Which cluster does Mplus use to compute the cluster mean?
 Tihomir Asparouhov posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 2:00 pm
It uses L2 cluster.
 Philipp Jugert posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:12 am
Thanks. What if I did want to use L3 cluster to compute the cluster_mean? Is that also possible by just changing the cluster modifier in the BETWEEN statement? e.g.:

BETWEEN = (ctry) = classses;
 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 10:36 am
That is not available.
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