Taxometric analysis as a general strategy for distinguishing categorical from dimensional latent structure.

@article{McGrath2012TaxometricAA,
  title={Taxometric analysis as a general strategy for distinguishing categorical from dimensional latent structure.},
  author={R. McGrath and G. Walters},
  journal={Psychological methods},
  year={2012},
  volume={17 2},
  pages={
          284-93
        }
}
Statistical analyses investigating latent structure can be divided into those that estimate structural model parameters and those that detect the structural model type. The most basic distinction among structure types is between categorical (discrete) and dimensional (continuous) models. It is a common, and potentially misleading, practice to apply some method for estimating a latent structural model such as factor analysis without first verifying that the latent structure type assumed by that… Expand
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