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 Miguel Freitas posted on Monday, June 02, 2014 - 9:44 am
I am new to MPlus and I am a bit lost in all the information available.
I am interested in identifying different trajectories of a continuous indicator (3 time-points), as well as a set of cavariates that predicts class inclusion. Finally, I want to see if the trajectories have different consequences (distal outcomes at T3 - continuous).
Below is my syntax:

int slp | sw1@0 sw2@1 sw3@2;
int WITH slp;

int slp ON sex Excl1 Vict1 PrSoc1 F_Inv1 FQ1 M_SSup1 M_NgI1 M_Pow1;

C#1-C#3 ON sex Excl1 Vict1 PrSoc1 F_Inv1 FQ1 M_SSup1 M_NgI1 M_Pow1;





My questions are:
1. Is it necessary to include the regression command of the intercept and slope in all classes (or just in the Overall model)?
2. How to compare the trajectories regarding the distal outcomes?

Thank you!
 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 5:58 pm
1. The standard and more parsimonious approach is to not let the regression vary across classes, so you specify it only in Overall.

2.The distal outcome means will vary across classes as the default. If you want to test mean differences you label these means and then compute their difference in Model Constraint. if you don't want to include the distal in the model, you can study these means using the Auxiliary option DCON.

Note that as a first step you may want to use the default of class-invariant variances and therefore not mention int, slp in each class.
 Miguel Freitas posted on Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 3:51 am
Hello, Professor,

Thank you for your reply!

I've tried using your suggestion, but I keep getting this error message:

*** ERROR in VARIABLE command
Unrecognized type in the AUXILIARY option: DCON

The syntax is as follows (I've tried different possibilities, though, like writing the DCON option after every variable name, and the result was the same):

AUXILIARY=(DCON) actout3 shy3 lrnprob3 sc_comp3 soc_ac3 behav3;

Also, when I use the E or the DU3STEP options, I don't get any errors.

Thank you!
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 11:32 am
DCON was introduced in Version 7.1. Perhaps you are using an earlier version.
 Miguel Freitas posted on Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 11:49 am
Yes, in fact, I'm using version 7.

In that case, what is your recomendation? Is the AUXILIARY=(E) option ok (contrary to what I said before, the DU3STEP option doesn't work either)?

 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 6:30 pm
I would recommend getting Version 7.2. E and DU3STEP have been replaced by a better method. See also Web Note 15 on our website for a manual 3-step method.
 Miguel Freitas posted on Thursday, June 05, 2014 - 5:34 am
Thank you, Professor,

I'm trying to perform the 3 step method, but I can't seem to find the "Logits for the Classification Probabilities the Most Likely Latent Class Membership (Row) by Latent Class (Column)" table. I can only find the "Average Latent Class Probabilities".
Can you tell me why this happens?

Also, if my original model has an entropy of .889 (sample size =260), do you think there will be severe bias if I choose the AUXILIARY=(E) option?

Thank you!
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Thursday, June 05, 2014 - 1:34 pm
I don't think we added these logits until Version 7.11.
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