Discovering Structural Equation Modeling Using Stata, Revised Edition is devoted to Stata’s sem command and all it can do. Learn about its capabilities in the context of confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis, structural equation modeling, longitudinal models, and multiple-group analysis. Each model is presented along with the necessary Stata code, which is parsimonious, powerful, and can be modified to fit a wide variety of models. The datasets used are downloadable, offering a hands-on approach to learning.
A particularly exciting feature of Stata is the SEM Builder. This graphical interface for structural equation modeling allows you to draw publication-quality path diagrams and fit the models without writing any programming code. When you fit a model with the SEM Builder, Stata automatically generates the complete code that you can save for future use. Use of this unique tool is extensively covered in an appendix and brief examples appear throughout the text.
Alan C. Acock
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found this to be one of the least satisfying Stata books because the author does not go much beyond the free user manual on SEM provided by Stata, which is surprisingly user-friendly. Indeed, this book is among the thinnest of the many Stata books available. Many terms and options are not described fully beyond the free manual. The index is close to being worthless. My standard for Stata books is Mitchell's, "Interpreting and Visualizing Regression," which adds a LOT to the free manual, is extremely well written and is organized in a way that anyone can easily find what they need. If you want a quick overview of SEM in Stata, this book is OK. But the free user manual in Stata is surprisingly user-friendly and is remarkably similar to this $60 book!
Among the advantages of STATA is the GUI for model specification under CFA. This is not readily available for Mac OS machines, which is why I've recently migrated to STATA from SPSS. Alan Acock explains structural equation modeling and CFA very well. Consequently, I'll be using the book as a manual for several upcoming projects. Well done!
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