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Short Course A: Using Mplus for Latent-Variable Modeling: An Introduction

Dr. Matthias Bluemke, Dr. Ai Miyamoto, Dr. Clemens Lechner

Date: 01.08 - 02.08.2019 ics-file

Location: Cologne

About the lecturer - Dr. Matthias Bluemke

About the lecturer - Dr. Ai Miyamoto

About the lecturer - Dr. Clemens Lechner

Course description

This short course introduces the statistical software Mplus and demonstrates the basic programming skills for analyzing multivariate statistical problems, such as structural equation models (SEM) with Mplus. Mplus is one of the most widely used software packages for analyzing such latent variable models. The main objective of the course is to understand the basic features of Mplus, the syntax of its code, and the appropriate work flow. Participants will learn how to prepare and load their data, become familiar with the structure of Mplus input and output files and learn how to write Mplus syntax of simple and more complex latent variable models.  Rather than introducing specific statistical models, the course will focus on the more general task of handling the Mplus software and equip participants with the skills needed to implement their own statistical models. The participants are expected to be familiar with the general idea of statistical analysis, regression models, and sound knowlegde about factor analysis. Basic knowledge about latent variable modeling and structural equation modeling is helpful. Aspects such as specifying models, choosing appropriate estimation methods, and handling missing data will be covered.
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Target group

Participants will find the course useful if:
  • they want to use latent variables or apply structural equation modeling (SEM);
  • they are interested in extending their technical/programming skills and are curious about a powerful statistical software;
  • they attend the course “Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling” in week 1 of the summer school.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course participants will:
  • know how to prepare data for Mplus analysis and/or use Mplus directly from Stata or R;
  • be able to understand the Mplus syntax and write Mplus code for basic and more advanced (latent variable) models;
  • be able to interpret Mplus output for typical latent-variable models;
  • be able to translate fundamental statistical aspects of SEM into Mplus code.


  • Good knowledge of basic uni- and multivariate statistics (especially regression and factor analysis);
  • At least basic understanding of latent variables and structural equation modeling (SEM);
  • No previous experience with Mplus required.
No specific software and hardware requirements necessary. GESIS will provide participants with access to soft- and hardware.

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