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Modeling Associations Among Multivariate Longitudinal Categorical Variables in Survey Data: A Semiparametric Bayesian Approach


  • Sylvie Tchumtchoua


  • Dipak Dey



This paper proposes a semiparametric Bayesian framework for the analysis of associations among multivariate longitudinal categorical variables in high-dimensional data settings. This type of data is frequent, especially in the social and behavioral sciences. A semiparametric hierarchical factor analysis model is developed in which the distributions of the factors are modeled nonparametrically through a dynamic hierarchical Dirichlet process prior. A Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm is developed for fitting the model, and the methodology is exemplified through a study of the dynamics of public attitudes toward science and technology in the United States over the period 1992–2001. Copyright The Psychometric Society 2012

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  • Sylvie Tchumtchoua & Dipak Dey, 2012. "Modeling Associations Among Multivariate Longitudinal Categorical Variables in Survey Data: A Semiparametric Bayesian Approach," Psychometrika, Springer;The Psychometric Society, vol. 77(4), pages 670-692, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:psycho:v:77:y:2012:i:4:p:670-692
    DOI: 10.1007/s11336-012-9274-4

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