Statistics and Computing Guides

Index of CRMDA Guides

Guides Organized by Software

R Project R page STATA Stata page
SAS SAS page Mplus Mplus page
git Git page latex LaTeX page

Material Organized By Topic

We do our best to keep them updated. Feel free to send us a note if there's a topic you would like covered and don't see here.

Structural Equation Modeling/Confirmatory Factor Analysis

Mplus Syntax Guide : An introduction to Mplus syntax.

SEM with Lavaan: A guide introducing the R package lavaan for structural equation modeling Lavaan. Accompanying data file

What to Report: Information to Report for a Confirmatory Factor Analysis Based on Brown(2006)

Monte Carlo Simulation In Mplus : A brief guide that outlines simulation and how to calculate power with Monte Carlo simulation.

Tracing Rules in Structural Equation Modeling: General rules and graphical representations of the tracing rules used to recreate a model-implied covariance matrix from structural equation modeling pathway estimates. Examples include dual loadings, correlated residuals, and tracing rules for means. 

Longitudinal Mediation within SEM : Using LISREL and MPLUS to analyze mediation within longitudinal panel models

Latent Variable Moderation: Three techniques to estimate interactions between latent variables using LISREL and MPLUS

Establishing Factorial Invariance for Multiple-Group Confirmatory Factor Analysis

Dyadic Analyses in SEM : How to model the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model (APIM) for dyadic data, with both distinguishable (e.g. Mother-Child) and indistinguishable (e.g. Friend A-Friend B) dyads, using LISREL and MPLUS.

Starting Values in LISREL: How to provide start values for individual parameters or whole matrices. This guide also includes a list of start value tips and tricks

The Satorra-Bentler Chi Square: A correction for non-normal data using LISREL

Preparing Path Diagrams

1. Using Microsoft Word 2007: Creating path diagrams of latent variable models in Microsoft Word 2007. Accompanying zip file.

2. A Guide for Installing and Using Dia for SEM Path Diagrams: An easy method for creating path diagrams of latent variable models in the free, open-source graphic design software Dia. Accompanying zip file.

Missing Data, Multiple Imputation and FIML Estimation

Multiple Imputation: How to perform multiple imputation (MI) using SAS, PRELIS or AMELIA

Missing Data in Large Data Projects: Two methods of missing data imputation when working with large data projects

Planned Missingness Study Design: Two methods to developing the study survey versions The introduction includes a brief summary of why a planned missingness study design works, the basic design approach, and the benefits of such designs.

High Performance Computing

Please see the separate pages presented at

NoMachine Connections Tutorial : Use NoMachine is a program available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux which can be used to streamline the interaction with the high performance computer cluster.

SAS on the Advanced Computing Facility Cluster A Guide for Using SAS in the CRMDA cluster


14: Converting Data To/From SAS: File types: SPSS, Excel, Access, STATA: How to convert data to/from SAS. File types include: SPSS, Excel, Access, STATA

20: Introduction to R: Syntax Overview : A guide for the complete beginner: R installation, programming, and data handling

25. ANOVA and Regression in R : This guide demonstrates how to perform ANOVA and Regression in R.

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