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Minimum ϕ-Divergence Estimation in Constrained Latent Class Models for Binary Data

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Felipe Ortega, Ángel and Miranda Menéndez, Pedro and Pardo Llorente, Leandro (2015) Minimum ϕ-Divergence Estimation in Constrained Latent Class Models for Binary Data. Psychometrika, 80 (4). pp. 1020-1042. ISSN 0033-3123

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Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11336-015-9450-4




Abstract

The main purpose of this paper is to introduce and study the behavior of minimum (Formula presented.)-divergence estimators as an alternative to the maximum-likelihood estimator in latent class models for binary items. As it will become clear below, minimum (Formula presented.)-divergence estimators are a natural extension of the maximum-likelihood estimator. The asymptotic properties of minimum (Formula presented.)-divergence estimators for latent class models for binary data are developed. Finally, to compare the efficiency and robustness of these new estimators with that obtained through maximum likelihood when the sample size is not big enough to apply the asymptotic results, we have carried out a simulation study.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:asymptotic distribution; latent class models; maximum-likelihood estimator; minimum phi-divergence estimator
Subjects:Sciences > Mathematics > Mathematical statistics
ID Code:30128
Deposited On:18 May 2015 09:02
Last Modified:11 Dec 2015 12:44

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