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The LCA_Distal Stata functions estimate the association between a latent class variable and a distal outcome. Both functions require the LCA Stata plugin (version 1.2.1 or higher) and Stata (version 9.1 or higher).

NOTE: We recommend using the LCA_Distal_BCH function and offer the LCA_Distal_LTB function only for methodological research.

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Features of the LCA_Distal_BCH function

LCA with a Distal Outcome
  • requires simple, minimal syntax
  • estimates class-specific probabilities and standard errors for binary and categorical distal outcomes
  • estimates means and standard errors for count and continuous distal outcomes
  • accommodates distal outcomes for multiple groups

Recommended Citations

LCA Distal BCH Stata Function (Version 1.1) [Software]. (2017). University Park: The Methodology Center, Penn State.

Huang, L., Dziak, J. J., Bray, B. C., & Wagner, A. T. (2017). LCA distal Stata function users’ guide (Version 1.1). University Park: The Methodology Center, Penn State.

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