New MPLUS Fanboy - Do we Have Mplus users here?

#1
Hello everyone,

I was happy to find this forum. I am a MSc in Clinical Psychology and contrary to 99% of my colleagues I love research and doing empirical studies.

I am currently doing a PhD in Nottingham (UK) and I have published few papers on behavioural addictions, mostly on Internet and Online Gaming Addiction.

My main area of research is behavioural addictions but I have a passion for general psychometrics, especially developing measurement tools.

As the title says, I love Mplus. However I am still learning since I recently changed AMOS for Mplus (thanks to MLR estimation and many other cool things..).

How many Mplus users are out there?
 

spunky

Can't make spagetti
#2
How many Mplus users are out there?
two. well, actually only one-and-a-half because i prefer the lavaan package in R. which is like Mplus... but better (and free).

welcome, btw. you'll find it fun around here? (FUN STUFF HAPPENS HERE!!!! XD)
 
#3
3 :)

I did my undergraduate training in Psychology (Neuropsych, Psychometrics) and graduate work in Biostatistics.

What I like most about Mplus is the support from Muthen & co. Anytime you have a question, they answer it directly themselves (and are pretty fast too).

Welcome!
 

Lazar

Phineas Packard
#4
Check out the text editor sublime text and the mplus plug in for it. It makes working with mplus 100 times better.
 

Lazar

Phineas Packard
#6
Whenever possible I use lavaan instead of mplus. Obviously the exception to this is multilevel SEM and mixture SEM. Everything else I know use lavaan. When lavaan integrates these I will not use mplus again.

Interestingly, we have been doing some comparisons between R and Mplus. For things like large EFA, multiple imputations, etc. R is so much faster it is hard to believe. Which makes no sense to me. Mplus should be faster given its fortran base but a large target rotation EFA can take a week in mplus and a few hours in R.....and yet both give the same results to the third decimal place.
 

Dason

Ambassador to the humans
#7
Whenever possible I use lavaan instead of mplus. Obviously the exception to this is multilevel SEM and mixture SEM. Everything else I know use lavaan. When lavaan integrates these I will not use mplus again.

Interestingly, we have been doing some comparisons between R and Mplus. For things like large EFA, multiple imputations, etc. R is so much faster it is hard to believe. Which makes no sense to me. Mplus should be faster given its fortran base but a large target rotation EFA can take a week in mplus and a few hours in R.....and yet both give the same results to the third decimal place.

Maybe the BLAS you have with R is better than whatever Mplus is doing.
 

spunky

Can't make spagetti
#8
Maybe the BLAS you have with R is better than whatever Mplus is doing.
wouldn't be too surprised about that. Mplus has begun it's own brand of 'SPSS-ification' in order to cater to a wider audience, which means it'll very soon will trade efficiency for fancy GUIs that will clog it. (doesn't really have much to do with anything but i haven't spewed out any insanity this day so i felt like something was lacking)
 

Lazar

Phineas Packard
#9
You would think they are using the established fortran based BLAS and linpack right....I mean the very same ones that are underneath matlab and numpy.