Causal Analysis in Theory and Practice

August 6, 2007

SEM and Dichotomous Variables

Filed under: structural equations — moderator @ 5:22 am

David Liu writes:

In Statistics and Causal Inference: A Review (Pearl 2003), it was said 'the bulk of SEM methodology was developed for linear analysis, and until recently, no comparable methodology has been devised to extend its capabilities to models involving dichotomous variables or nonlinear dependencies.'  Is it true by now?


  1. To the best of my knowledge, it is still true. The non-parametric SEM techniques expounded in my book do capture, of course, dichotomous variables andother nonlinear dependencies. However, I am not aware of methodologies that exploit to advantage the unique features of dichotomous variable to facilitate causal analysis.

    Comment by judea — August 6, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

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