Mplus is a statistical modeling program with a focus on the estimation of latent variables developed by Linda Muthén and Bengt Muthén. It is a highly flexible program capable of estimating a wide variety of models and offering a range of estimators, options, and special features. Thus, Mplus can be useful for researchers with diverse needs related to their particular data and analytic framework. Mplus utilizes latent variables—unobserved variables inferred from observed data—to model hypothesized associations among concepts. The particular utility of Mplus is that the program models both continuous and categorical latent variables. Continuous latent variables are used in structural equation modeling (SEM) and similar techniques (e.g., path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis), as well as growth modeling, survival analysis, and time-series analysis. Categorical latent ...

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