An empirical comparison of restricted and general latent distance analysis
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Latent distance analysis provides a probability model for the non-perfect Guttman scale; the restricted latent distance structure is simpler to compute than the general structure. Since no sampling theory for latent structure analysis is available, the advantages of the general structure cannot be expressed formally. The two structures are compared in terms of their fit to fifteen sets of empirical data. The computation schemes used are summarized.
KeywordsStructure Analysis Public Policy General Structure Empirical Data Probability Model
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