Computational Statistics

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 565–580 | Cite as

Goodness-of-fit indices for partial least squares path modeling

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This paper discusses a recent development in partial least squares (PLS) path modeling, namely goodness-of-fit indices. In order to illustrate the behavior of the goodness-of-fit index (GoF) and the relative goodness-of-fit index (GoFrel), we estimate PLS path models with simulated data, and contrast their values with fit indices commonly used in covariance-based structural equation modeling. The simulation shows that the GoF and the GoFrel are not suitable for model validation. However, the GoF can be useful to assess how well a PLS path model can explain different sets of data.


Partial least squares path modeling (PLS) Goodness-of-fit index (GoF) 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Management ResearchRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute for Market-based Management, Munich School of ManagementLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMunichGermany

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