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Abstract

The two-point mixture index of fit enjoys some desirable features in model fit assessment and model selection, however, a need exists for efficient computational strategies. Applying an NLP algorithm, a program using the SAS matrix language is presented to estimate the two-point index of fit for two-class LCA models with dichotomous response variables. The program offers a tool to compute π ∗ for twoclass models and it also provides an alternative program for conducting latent class analysis with SAS. This study builds a foundation for further research on computational approaches for M-class models.

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