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 Gillian Yeo posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 10:25 pm

I have used type = complex to run a nested (restricted) model and a comparison model. The comparison model is exactly the same as the nested model except that it tests 4 additional parameters (a new IV predicting 4 existing DVs).

Despite the fact that my nested model estimates fewer parameters in total (48) than the comparison model (52), the nested model has fewer degrees of freedom (14) than the comparison model (17). Is this wrong? If so, why might this be the case - is there likely to be something wrong with my data or model?

Consequently (I assume), the Satorra-Bentler scaled chi-square difference test used to compare the fit of these models produces a negative chi-square difference value. Is this uninterpretable? If so, is there another way to compare model fit?

 Linda K. Muthen posted on Friday, April 01, 2011 - 9:56 am
Which estimator are you using and which version of Mplus are you using?
 Gillian Yeo posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - 12:49 pm
Apologies for the delay Linda - I've been travelling.

I am using the default estimator (MLR).

I am using version 5.21 (I got this by clicking help-->about mplus).

 Linda K. Muthen posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - 1:32 pm
Please send the outputs and your license number to
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