Hello, I am running a CFA with categorical variables. VARIABLE: NAMES ARE y1-y18; CATEGORICAL ARE y1-y18; MODEL: f1 BY y1-y3; f2 BY y4-y6; f3 BY y7-y10; f4 BY y11-y14; f5 BY y15-y18;
I am receiving the following error: Categorical variable Y6 contains less than 2 categories.
I have double checked the data and the variable Y6 contains more than two categories. Also, there are no blank cells in my data set.
When I run the same analysis without the "categorical variables" note, I receive another error message: One or more variables have a variance of zero.
I have also noted that Mplus reports that some variables have peculiar variances, sometimes 20 times higher than other variances
I have double checked the data and no variables have a variance of zero or 20 times higher
I have also tried deleting these variables but the error repeats with the next variable in the model. It sounds like a "shift" between the variances that SPSS reports and the variances that Mplus reports.
Sounds to me the data file? May be that the data file contains string or incorrectly formatted data. Try loading it up in Excel, force all data to be numerical, and save it again (Mplus can't handle strings with few exceptions).
Hi Hin Kwan Wong, Hi everyone Thank you for your answer. The problem actually was the data file. The data set from SPSS contained numbers with two decimals (e.g."2,00" instead of "2"). Once these decimals are deleted, it is working.