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Computation for latent variable model estimation: a unified stochastic proximal framework

Zhang, Siliang and Chen, Yunxiao ORCID: 0000-0002-7215-2324 (2022) Computation for latent variable model estimation: a unified stochastic proximal framework. Psychometrika, 87 (4). 1473 - 1502. ISSN 0033-3123

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11336-022-09863-9


Latent variable models have been playing a central role in psychometrics and related fields. In many modern applications, the inference based on latent variable models involves one or several of the following features: (1) the presence of many latent variables, (2) the observed and latent variables being continuous, discrete, or a combination of both, (3) constraints on parameters, and (4) penalties on parameters to impose model parsimony. The estimation often involves maximizing an objective function based on a marginal likelihood/pseudo-likelihood, possibly with constraints and/or penalties on parameters. Solving this optimization problem is highly non-trivial, due to the complexities brought by the features mentioned above. Although several efficient algorithms have been proposed, there lacks a unified computational framework that takes all these features into account. In this paper, we fill the gap. Specifically, we provide a unified formulation for the optimization problem and then propose a quasi-Newton stochastic proximal algorithm. Theoretical properties of the proposed algorithms are established. The computational efficiency and robustness are shown by simulation studies under various settings for latent variable model estimation.

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Divisions: Statistics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2022 09:12
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2022 13:15

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