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Anonymous posted on Thursday, September 30, 2004  12:51 am



I have a latent variable (factor) with 4 obseerved indicators. I specify the 4 variables as categorical (7 categories). I say in the model: f1 by y1y4; I want to use the latent variable also as categorical. How is it possible to do this? 


The factors in factor analysis are always continuous. If you want to work with a categorical latent variable, then you would be in the area of mixture modeling  latent class analysis. The objectives of the two methods are different. 

Anonymous posted on Friday, October 01, 2004  12:53 am



What I wrote with the categorical latent variable was nonsense. I work with a continous one. Is it possible to see it like a ztransformation? Cause when i regard the "thresholds" and the proportions of the categories, these are the same values like the zvalues and proportions in a table for a standardized normal variable. 


I think Web Note 4 will answer your questions. In this note, it is clear that y* variables behind the categorical indicators are like z variables. 

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