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Using Listservs to get Advice

December 7, 2015

Although a bit old school, listservs such as SEMNET (for latent variable models) and the Multilevel Discussion List remain useful resources when grappling with quantitative modeling issues. You can search the archives to see if your question has come up before or post a new question to obtain fresh feedback / opinions from list members. Quick tip: use the “receive digest” setting to avoid having your inbox flooded with listserv posts. (more…)

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Cross-classified item and person effects

November 22, 2015

Something that has come up often recently: When participants provide responses to a set of items or prompts, such as words, faces, or pictures, these items may represent a sample from a broader universe of possible items (e.g., a sampling of words from the lexicon). Responses may then best viewed as reflecting two crossed random factors, items and persons. A couple of nice papers on how to fit cross-classified random effects models to this kind of data are Baayen et al (2007) and Locker et al (2007).

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