Methodology Center Researchers Author New Statistical Analysis Book

April 12, 2010

Dr. Linda M. Collins, director of Penn State’s Methodology Center, and Dr. Stephanie T. Lanza, scientific director and senior research associate at the Methodology Center, have co-authored a new book on statistical analysis, titled Latent Class and Latent Transition Analysis: With Applications in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. The book, which is part of the Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics, published December 2009.

From the back cover:

“On a daily basis, researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences collect information and fit statistical models to the gathered empirical data with the goal of making significant advances in these fields. In many cases, it can be useful to identify latent, or unobserved, subgroups in a population, where individuals' subgroup membership is inferred from their responses on a set of observed variables. Latent Class and Latent Transition Analysis provides a comprehensive and unified introduction to this topic through one-of-a-kind, step-by-step presentations and coverage of theoretical, technical, and practical issues in categorical latent variable modeling for both cross-sectional and longitudinal data.”

For more information on the book, visit Wiley’s Web site.


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