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 Yu Bi posted on Friday, June 17, 2011 - 1:15 am
I am doing a LCA analysis, my sample size is also a little small. According to the sample size adjusted BIC, the four class solution is statistically reasonable, and it also make sense theoretically. However, the BIC support two-class solution which does not make any sense to the theory. In this case, do you think I should use aBIC? If so, is there any literature I can use as reference? Thank you very much
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Friday, June 17, 2011 - 12:07 pm
BIC underestimates the number of classes when samples are small. See the following paper which is available on the website for further information:

Nylund, K.L., Asparouhov, T., & Muthén, B. (2007). Deciding on the number of classes in latent class analysis and growth mixture modeling. A Monte Carlo simulation study. Structural Equation Modeling, 14, 535-569.
 Yu Bi posted on Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 6:21 pm
thank you so much£¡
 June-Yung Kim posted on Friday, June 28, 2019 - 9:26 am
Hi Dr. Muthen, as I read your recommended paper, Nylund et al 2007, it indicates:
"In both the FMA and GMM modeling settings, BIC performed well across all sample sizes. The adjusted BIC performs relatively well across all models, but shows some weakness when the sample size is small. (p. 559)" In my understanding, BIC outperforms aBIC with a smaller sample size. Could you further clarify your explanation? Thanks.
 Bengt O. Muthen posted on Friday, June 28, 2019 - 3:30 pm
Send an email to Professor Karen Nylund-Gibson at UCSB and ask her.
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