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mpduser1 posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008  8:13 am



Is there any way to specify structural zeros in log linear or logistic regression models using Mplus 5.1 ? Thanks. 


For specific models I would think that using the Mplus Model Constraint feature can accomplish that. You would constrain the parameters to generate a zero probability for a specific cell in your frequency table. 


Hello, We have two variables of interest (A1 and A2) that involve a structural zero; the two variables cannot both = 1. However, we wanted to test the hypothesis that A1 reduces the likelihood of B, but B in turn increases the likelihood of A2. To test this hypothesis, I first ran a saturated model that included two probit regressions: B on A1; A2 on A1 B; The coefficient for A2 on A1 was not statistically significant (p=0.980). I expected that if I removed that link from the model, I would get a model with good fit and with the other two regression coefficients remaining close to the values and significance they had exhibited in the saturated model. However, when I removed the link between A1 and A2, the pvalue for the chisquare test of fit was 0.0000. Why is that? Is it related to the fact that there is a structural zero in the crosstabulation of A1 and A2? If so, is there some alternative modeling technique that I can use to test our hypothesis? Thanks! 


You may want to ask this on SEMNET. 

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