By Kenneth A. Bollen

An efficient method for info research within the social sciences

The contemporary explosion in longitudinal info within the social sciences highlights the necessity for this well timed e-book. Latent Curve types: A Structural Equation point of view offers a good strategy to examine latent curve versions (LCMs). this kind of info positive aspects random intercepts and slopes that let each one case in a pattern to have a distinct trajectory through the years. moreover, researchers can contain variables to foretell the parameters governing those trajectories.

The authors synthesize an enormous quantity of study and findings and, while, offer unique effects. The ebook analyzes LCMs from the viewpoint of structural equation types (SEMs) with latent variables. whereas the authors talk about uncomplicated regression-based methods which are valuable within the early phases of LCMs, lots of the presentation makes use of SEMs as a using device. This state of the art paintings contains a few of the authors' contemporary paintings at the autoregressive latent trajectory version, indicates new versions for technique components in a number of signs, discusses repeated latent variable versions, and establishes the identity of a number of LCMs.

This textual content has been completely class-tested and makes broad use of pedagogical instruments to help readers in gaining knowledge of and utilising LCMs quick and simply to their very own info units. Key positive factors include:

  • Chapter introductions and summaries that supply a short evaluation of highlights
  • Empirical examples supplied all through that permit readers to check their newly came upon wisdom and observe functional applications
  • Conclusions on the finish of every bankruptcy that pressure the fundamental issues that readers have to comprehend for development to extra subtle topics
  • Extensive footnoting that issues how to the first literature for additional info on specific topics

With its emphasis on modeling and using quite a few examples, this is often an outstanding publication for graduate classes in latent trajectory versions in addition to a supplemental textual content for classes in structural modeling. This booklet is a wonderful reduction and reference for researchers in quantitative social and behavioral sciences who have to research longitudinal data.

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