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 Veronica Cole posted on Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 6:45 pm
Drs. Muthen,

I am trying to use Mplus to run a moderated nonlinear factor analysis (MNLFA), as described in Bauer and Hussong (2009), for which I have included sample code below. In this model, the measurement parameters relating an indicator (y1 below) to a latent factor (eta below) are affected by a covariate (x below). Additionally, the variance of the latent variable is affected by this covariate.

In the past, I have been able to run this exact model with continuous, ordinal, and binary outcomes. However, in this particular case, y1 is a count variable, and the model will not estimate. (In particular, I get an error message which says, "FATAL ERROR: THIS MODEL IS NOT AVAILABLE.") I've tried a bunch of workarounds, such as using the XWITH parameterization, but have had no luck.

Do you have any ideas or suggestions for how I might be able to fit this model using Mplus software?

Thank you so much in advance!



names = x y1 y2 y3 y4;
count = y1;

eta by y1* y2* y3* y4*;

eta by y1*(L1);

y1 ON x;

Model constraints:
new (L10 L11 V1);
L1 = L10 + L11*x;
V = exp(V1*x);
 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Monday, August 08, 2016 - 3:37 pm
The Constraint= option is not yet developed for Counts.
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