Basic and Advanced Bayesian Structural Equation Modeling: With Applications in the Medical and Behavioral Sciences

Basic and Advanced Bayesian Structural Equation Modeling: With Applications in the Medical and Behavioral Sciences

Author(s): Xin-Yuan Song, Sik-Yum Lee

Published Online: 18 JUL 2012

Print ISBN: 9780470669525

Online ISBN: 9781118358887

DOI: 10.1002/9781118358887

Series Editor(s): Walter A. Shewhart, Samuel S. Wilks

About this Book

This book provides clear instructions to researchers on how to apply Structural Equation Models (SEMs) for analyzing the inter relationships between observed and latent variables.

Basic and Advanced Bayesian Structural Equation Modeling introduces basic and advanced SEMs for analyzing various kinds of complex data, such as ordered and unordered categorical data, multilevel data, mixture data, longitudinal data, highly non-normal data, as well as some of their combinations. In addition, Bayesian semiparametric SEMs to capture the true distribution of explanatory latent variables are introduced, whilst SEM with a nonparametric structural equation to assess unspecified functional relationships among latent variables are also explored.

Statistical methodologies are developed using the Bayesian approach giving reliable results for small samples and allowing the use of prior information leading to better statistical results. Estimates of the parameters and model comparison statistics are obtained via powerful Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods in statistical computing.

Researchers and advanced level students in statistics, biostatistics, public health, business, education, psychology and social science will benefit from this book.

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