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Mplus is a rather expensive stats program that leaves, well, just about everything to the imagination. But hell, the imagination can be nearly boundless and unquenchable at times, so you need a powerful program to match it. Mplus is just that program and is typically my go-to for more advanced data analyses. If you can get your hands on a copy or have access to a computer that has it, it is well worth learning and can be learned quickly because it truly is intuitive and straightforward.

On this page I will provide resources introducing the basics to Mplus and gradually add material over time for more advanced topics.

Technical Reasons to Use Mplus:

  • Ability to run a host of analyses such as multiple regression, path analysis, EFA, CFA, multilevel models, longitudinal models, latent profile analysis and more.
  • Can work with observed and latent variables (or both — you can use observed variables in SEM with Mplus!), as well as continuous, categorical, count, and censored variables.
  • Numerous estimators are available to use, so Frequentists and Bayesians will all be happy

The Basics:

Get [M]oving with Mplus – Part 1: The Painful Basics

Get [M]oving with Mplus – Part 2: A Serving of Commands with a Side of Syntax

Get [M]oving with Mplus – Part 3: Get Your Data On

Get [M]oving with Mplus – Part 4: Individual versus Summary Data

Get [M]oving with Mplus – Part 5: Define Subcommands

The Rudimentary Model Commands:

Rudi[M]entary Model Commands in Mplus – Part 1: WITH

Rudi[M]entary Model Commands in Mplus – Part 2: ON

Rudi[M]entary Model Commands in Mplus – Part 3: BY

Conditional, Indirect, and Conditional Indirect Effects in Mplus:

Moderation [coming soon]

Mediation [coming soon]

Moderated Mediation [coming soon]

Mplus Syntax for Process Models

Factor Analyses in Mplus

Exploratory Factor Analysis [coming soon]

Confirmatory Factor Analysis [coming soon]

Path Analysis in Mplus

Path Analysis [coming soon]

Structural Equation Modeling

Structural Equation modeling [coming soon]

Multilevel Modeling:

Multilevel factor analysis [coming eventually]

Multilevel path analysis [coming eventually]

Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling [coming eventually]