Latent Class Models for Measuring

  • Clifford C. Clogg


Most latent class analysis in contemporary social research is aimed at data reduction or “building clusters for qualitative data” (Formann, 1985, p. 87; see also Aitkin, Anderson, & Hinde, 1981). Some special restricted models in this area have of course been used to represent structural characteristics or behavioral processes (e.g., Clogg, 1981a; Goodman, 1974a). But a careful examination of the latent class models now available shows that none deal in a direct way with measurement, particularly if exacting standards are used to define how measurement should take place. Extensions and modifications of latent class models reported below are intended to remove this deficiency.


Latent Class Latent Class Analysis Latent Trait Distributional Assumption Latent Class Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clifford C. Clogg
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  1. 1.Department of StatisticsPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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