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General guidance for custom-built structural equation models

February 1, 2022

Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) represents a quantitative methodology for specifying and evaluating causal network hypotheses. The application of SEM typically involves the use of specialized software packages that implement estimation procedures and automate model checking and the output of summary results. There are times when the specification details an investigator wishes to implement to represent their data relationships are not supported by available SEM packages. In such cases, it may be desirable to develop and evaluate SE models “by hand”, using specialized regression tools. In this paper, I demonstrate a general approach to custom-built applications of SEM. The approach illustrated can be used for a wide array of specialized applications of non-linear, multi-level, and other custom specifications in SE models.

Publication Year 2022
Title General guidance for custom-built structural equation models
DOI 10.3897/oneeco.7.e72780
Authors James B. Grace
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title One Ecosystem
Index ID 70236483
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center