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Dear Drs. Muthen, I am running a measurement model with continuous and categorical indicators. However, the standardized results section is only providing the first column (only the estimate and not the SE, Est/SE, and pvalue). Why is this happening? I deeply appreciate your help, Best regards, Laura Valadez 


We do not give standard errors for standardized parameters with weighted least squares estimation when the model contains covariates. 


Dear Linda, Thank you very much, this is very helpful. A follow up question then, could I assume similar pvalues for the standardized output based on the nonstandardized results? thanks again, have a great day, Laura 


They will not be exactly the same but should be close. 

Marco posted on Saturday, March 03, 2012  2:33 am



Hi, Could you please tell me exactly how the standardised loadings are calculated for binary variables in a onefactor model in MPLUS? I'm basically running an IRT model with one factor and I understand the relationship between IRT discrimination and Item Factor Analysis loadings. However I'm less clear about how MPLUS standardises the loadings. I remember reading somewhere that the standardised loadings are = unstd. loading * SD(Theta) / SD(y) However, I'm not sure where to get SD(y)in MPLUS or whether this formula is valid for binary indicators.I'm also getting different standardised estimates in other software which returns the same unstandardised estimates as MPLUS. So basically I have two questions: 1) What is the full loading standardisation formula used by MPLUS for binary variables? 2) Where would one get all the figures used for the standardisation in the MPLUS output (assuming that these are contained in OUTPUT TECH10 and STDYX)? Many thanks Marc 


1. See Techncical Appendix 3 on the website. The variance of an indicator is equal to lamba squared times the variance of the factor plus the residual variance of the factor indicator. The residual variance is one for probit and pi squared divided by 3 for logistic. 2. The factor loadings are found in the results. The factor variance can be found in the results for an unconditional model and TECH4 for a conditional model. 

Marco posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2012  1:06 am



Linda, thank you very much. I have one last question. I'd like to construct an ICC residual plot (observed proportion correct for a given theta level by expected proportion correct or the ICC) for nontechnical audience who may not understand the chisquare margins. How would you do this in Mplus? As far as I understand none of the plots produced in the output can do this, but there must be a way to extract both observed and estimated proportions by theta for each item and then plot them in Excel or similar. Many thanks Marco 


I think the best you can do is compare our ICC plot values for the estimated probabilities at different Theta values from the gph file with a plot of proportion correct related to estimated factor scores that you discretize into bins. 


Dear Linda, I am running CFA and then used the output from CFA building regression model. The factor from CFA will be my exposures in the regression model. My point is that if I would like to standardised score before running model in the regression what can I do? This is the example of the command. MODEL: PSYCHO BY B C D E F G H I J K L ; SOCIAL BY M N O P Q R S; FINANCIAL BY T U V BB; PROPERTY BY W X Y ; PHYSICAL by Z AA AB ; AM ON PSYCHO SOCIAL FINANCIAL PROPERTY PHYSICAL AD BC EDU1 EDU2 EDU3 INCOME1 INCOME2 INCOME3 INCOME4 EMPLOY1 EMPLOY2 EMPLOY3 EMPLOY4 MARRIED1 MARRIED2 AI REG1 REG2 HEAVY1 HEAVY2 HEAVY3; The reason I would like to standardised PSYCHO SOCIAL FINANCIAL PROPERTY PHYSICAL is that I would like to compare the effect of those variables on the outcomes. Best regards, Jintana 


Look at the STD solution (you request it in the Output command). 


Dear Muthen, If I would like to standardized only score of PSYCHO SOCIAL FINANCIAL PROPERTY PHYSICAL in the previous command, but not the outcome and other covariates. Does it mean that I can use the third type of standardization STD? Thank you in advanced. Best regards, Jintana 


Use STD and look at only the results for the variables you want to standardize. 

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