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Eric Teman posted on Friday, June 22, 2012  5:51 pm



On p. 7 of the user's manual, it says essentially that if WLS is used, missingness is not allowed to be a function of observed outcomes. Does this mean WLSMV requires MCAR data? 


Not if you have covariates  they are allowed to influence missingness. 


And, you can do multiple imputation followed by WLSMV. 

Eric Teman posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2012  4:56 pm



If there are a mix of categorical and continuous variables and WLSMV is used during the imputation phase of multiple imputation, 1. Does the multivariate probit model only apply to the categorical missing values or to continuous as well? 2. Does the multivariate probit model assume normality? 


Multiple imputation is done using the Bayes estimator. 1. Only categorical. 2. Yes. See the following paper on the website under Papers/Bayesian Analysis: Asparouhov, T. & Muthén, B. (2010). Multiple imputation with Mplus. Technical Report. Version 2. 

Sarah posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014  6:48 am



Dear Drs. Muthen I have a query regarding missing data when using WLSMV estimator. I conducted a CFA to validate a single latent variable construct of father involvement using data from sweep 4 of a longitudinal survey. My sample size was 363. I then used this latent construct of father involvement at sweep 4 as a predictor of child wellbeing at sweep 5 (child wellbeing was a four factor model which I had previously validated by conducting a CFA). I also include a range of control variables for child wellbeing. The sample size for the full model was 525. Is the sample size larger because only cases with data missing on X variables are removed? How are estimates calculated based on 525 cases when only 363 cases provided information for the measurement model? I hope my query is clear. Many thanks for your help. Sarah 


I assume that you don't use factor score estimates from sweep 4 to compute the father involvement variable but rather use a CFA with all those indicators. The analysis excludes those with missing on X's and missing on all the Y's, so sweep 5 must have added subjects with at least one sweep 5 Y. 

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