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Dutch Mplus Users Group

Bengt Muthén

Choosing directions for Mplus: From SEM to DSEM

Abstract
This talk gives a description of why Dynamic Structural Equation Modeling (DSEM) was chosen as the new feature for Mplus Version 8.  After some brief illustrations of novel directions chosen in the 20-some years of Mplus, the motivation for developing the methods of Version 8 is discussed.  This involved a combination of several different strands of methods in previous Mplus versions plus a large dose of novelties.  It also involved an outsider’s bet on what type of data may become a significant part of future research.

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