MplusAutomation: An R Package for Facilitating Large-Scale Latent Variable Analyses in Mplus

Michael N. Hallquist, Joshua F. Wiley

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MplusAutomation is a package for R that facilitates complex latent variable analyses in Mplus involving comparisons among many models and parameters. More specifically, MplusAutomation provides tools to accomplish 3 objectives: to create and manage Mplus syntax for groups of related models; to automate the estimation of many models; and to extract, aggregate, and compare fit statistics, parameter estimates, and ancillary model outputs. We provide an introduction to the package using applied examples including a large-scale simulation study. By reducing the effort required for large-scale studies, a broad goal of MplusAutomation is to support methodological developments in structural equation modeling using Mplus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-638
Number of pages18
JournalStructural Equation Modeling
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 4 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Decision Sciences
  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Modeling and Simulation


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