The Ordinal Count Factor Model: An Improved Latent Variable Model For Ordinal Count Items Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Markiewitz, Nathan
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Much of the measurement of human behaviors relies on the reporting of a rate of behavior. Common measures use items that ask participants to select between given intervals of counts—these items are called ordinal count items. I present the ordinal count factor model (OCFM) as a latent variable model for ordinal count item responses in a single population and across multiple groups. OCFMs represent the underlying latent response as a count, instead of the logistic or normal distribution used by current latent variable models for ordinal data. In addition to representing the data generating process more faithfully, OCFMs allow for inferences on the metric of the underlying rate of behavior. I evaluate the OCFM through two empirical examples using the Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index. These studies demonstrate that OCFMs may fit better than standard models, produce more precise factor scores, and may be fit using widely available, open-source software.
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  • Bollen, Kenneth
  • Curran, Patrick
  • Bauer, Daniel
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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