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How do you choose the best longitudinal data analytic method for testing your research questions?

April 2, 2019

We have worked with statistical models for longitudinal data for more than two decades and this remains a vexing question to us both. There are so many modeling options from which to choose that it is often overwhelming to know which statistical method to use when. This is further complicated by the ongoing refinement of…

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What is the difference between a growth model estimated as a multilevel model versus as a structural equation model?

February 18, 2019

This very common question reflects a great deal of unnecessary confusion about how to select a specific analytic approach for modeling longitudinal data. The general term “growth modeling” refers to a variety of statistical methods that allow for the estimation of inter-individual (or between-person) differences in intra-individual (or within-person) change. Often, the function describing within-person…

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How can I define nonlinear trajectories in a growth curve model?

February 6, 2019

Growth curve models, whether estimated as a multilevel model (MLM) or a structural equation model (SEM), have become widely used in many areas of behavioral, health, and education sciences. The most common type of growth model defines a linear trajectory in which the time scores defining the slopes increment evenly for equally spaced repeated measures…

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Can I estimate an SEM if the sample data are not normally distributed?

January 23, 2019

Continuous distributions are typically described by their mean (central tendency), variance (spread), skew (asymmetry), and kurtosis (thickness of tails). A normal distribution assumes a skew and kurtosis of zero, but truly normal distributions are rare in practice. Unfortunately, the fitting of standard SEMs to non-normal data can result in inflated model test statistics (leading models…

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How do I know if my structural equation model fits the data well?

January 11, 2019

This is one of the most common questions we receive and, unfortunately, there are no quick answers. However, there are some initial guidelines that can be followed when assessing the fit of an SEM. For most SEMs, the goal of the analysis is to define a model that results in predicted values of the summary…

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Announcing Minimal-Cost Introduction to Multilevel Modeling Workshop for Graduate Students

December 15, 2018

At Curran-Bauer Analytics, we have long been committed to providing broad access to high-quality training opportunities for students in the social, behavioral and health sciences. We are thus very excited to announce a new three-day workshop, Introduction to Multilevel Modeling for Graduate Students, to be held in Chapel Hill, NC on May 29-31, 2019, at steeply reduced…

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2019 Summer Workshops

August 28, 2018

We’re pleased to announce our summer workshop schedule for 2019: May 13-17: Structural Equation Modeling May 20-24: Longitudinal Structural Equation Modeling June 3-7: Network Analysis June 10-14: Latent Class/Cluster Analysis and Mixture Modeling June 24-28: Multilevel Modeling New this year: We have expanded Network Analysis from three to five days to allow more in-depth coverage, we now provide live demonstrations…

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The Importance of Studying Individual Trajectories, Even for Countries

May 31, 2018

The analysis of longitudinal data has quickly gained in importance across a variety of fields because it allows for the examination of questions about change over time. This is why all of our current workshops (Network Analysis, Latent Class/Mixture Modeling, Multilevel Modeling, Structural Equation Modeling, and Longitudinal Structural Equation Modeling) address the analysis of longitudinal…

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Best Methods for Handling Missing Data in Intensive Longitudinal Designs

April 13, 2018

In nearly every discipline within the behavioral, health, and educational sciences, longitudinal data have become requisite for establishing temporal precedence and distinguishing inter-individual differences in intra-individual change. Whereas traditional longitudinal designs often obtained repeated assessments at monthly or even yearly intervals, recent advances in mobile technology have allowed for the collection of multiple assessments throughout…

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Dan Bauer Receives Teaching Award from the American Psychological Association

February 10, 2018

Curran-Bauer Analytics is pleased to announce that Dan has been honored with another teaching award in recognition of his exceptional teaching and mentoring skills. Dan was selected to receive the 2018 Jacob Cohen Award for Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring by the American Psychological Association, Division 5 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods). He will be recognized at…

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