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How to Compare Psychometric Factor and Network Models

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Research Institute of Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam, 1018 WS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, 1018 WS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Department of Community Mental Health, University of Haifa, Haifa 3498838, Israel
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Received: 7 June 2020 / Revised: 17 September 2020 / Accepted: 24 September 2020 / Published: 2 October 2020
In memory of Dr. Dennis John McFarland, who passed away recently, our objective is to continue his efforts to compare psychometric networks and latent variable models statistically. We do so by providing a commentary on his latest work, which he encouraged us to write, shortly before his death. We first discuss the statistical procedure McFarland used, which involved structural equation modeling (SEM) in standard SEM software. Next, we evaluate the penta-factor model of intelligence. We conclude that (1) standard SEM software is not suitable for the comparison of psychometric networks with latent variable models, and (2) the penta-factor model of intelligence is only of limited value, as it is nonidentified. We conclude with a reanalysis of the Wechlser Adult Intelligence Scale data McFarland discussed and illustrate how network and latent variable models can be compared using the recently developed R package Psychonetrics. Of substantive theoretical interest, the results support a network interpretation of general intelligence. A novel empirical finding is that networks of intelligence replicate over standardization samples. View Full-Text
Keywords: psychometric network analysis; factor analysis; latent variable modeling; intelligence; model comparison; replicating networks psychometric network analysis; factor analysis; latent variable modeling; intelligence; model comparison; replicating networks
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Kan, K.-J.; de Jonge, H.; van der Maas, H.L.J.; Levine, S.Z.; Epskamp, S. How to Compare Psychometric Factor and Network Models. J. Intell. 2020, 8, 35. https://doi.org/10.3390/jintelligence8040035

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Kan K-J, de Jonge H, van der Maas HLJ, Levine SZ, Epskamp S. How to Compare Psychometric Factor and Network Models. Journal of Intelligence. 2020; 8(4):35. https://doi.org/10.3390/jintelligence8040035

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Kan, Kees-Jan, Hannelies de Jonge, Han L.J. van der Maas, Stephen Z. Levine, and Sacha Epskamp. 2020. "How to Compare Psychometric Factor and Network Models" Journal of Intelligence 8, no. 4: 35. https://doi.org/10.3390/jintelligence8040035

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