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Confirmatory Factor Analysis : A Preface to LISREL - J. Scott Long

Confirmatory Factor Analysis

A Preface to LISREL

Paperback Published: 1st December 1983
ISBN: 9780803920446
Number Of Pages: 88

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A statistical method that will appeal to two groups in particular - those who are currently using the more traditional technique of exploratory factor analysis and those who are interested in the analysis of covariance structures, commonly known as the LISREL model. The first group will find that this technique may be more appropriate to the analysis of their research problems while the second group will find that confirmatory factor analysis is a useful first step to understanding the LISREL model. This book, and its companion volume, "Covariance Structure Models," are designed to be read consecutively. The proofs presented are simple, but the reader must feel comfortable with matrix algebra in order to understand the model.

Notationp. 5
Prefacep. 7
Series Editor's Introductionp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Exploratory Versus Confirmatory Factor Analysisp. 11
Structural Relations Among Common Factorsp. 15
Organization of the Monographp. 17
Specification of the Confirmatory Factor Modelp. 18
An Informal Introductionp. 18
A Formal Specificationp. 22
The Covariance Structurep. 33
Identification of the Confirmatory Factor Modelp. 34
Estimation and Identificationp. 34
Identificationp. 36
Conditions for Identificationp. 42
Scale Indeterminacy and Setting a Metricp. 49
Estimation of the Confirmatory Factor Modelp. 55
Unweighted Least Squaresp. 57
Scale Dependencyp. 57
Generalized Least-Squares and Maximum Likelihoodp. 58
Practical Considerationsp. 60
Assessment of Fit in the Confirmatory Factor Modelp. 61
Examining Values of the Parametersp. 62
Variances and Covariances of the Estimatesp. 63
Chi-Square Goodness-of-Fit Testsp. 63
Nested Models and Difference of Chi-Square Testsp. 65
Specification Searchesp. 68
Standardizationp. 77
Conclusionsp. 79
Correlations and Standard Deviations from Wheaton/Hennepin Samplep. 82
Software to Estimate the Confirmatory Factor Model (CFM)p. 82
Notesp. 83
Referencesp. 86
About the Authorp. 88
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ISBN: 9780803920446
ISBN-10: 080392044X
Series: Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 88
Published: 1st December 1983
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.25 x 13.77  x 0.61
Weight (kg): 0.13