The path diagram for the two-factor model with parallel tests is shown in Figure 17.26.
The hypothesis requires that variables or tests under each factor are "interchangeable." In terms of the measurement model, several pairs
of parameters must be constrained to have equal estimates. That is, under the parallel-test model W
and X
should have the same effect or path coefficient from their common factor F1
, and they should also have the same measurement error variance . Similarly, Y
and Z
should have the same effect or path coefficient from their common factor F2
, and they should also have the same measurement error variance . These constraints are labeled in Figure 17.26.
You can impose each of these equality constraints by giving the same name for the parameters involved in the PATH model specification. The following statements specify the path diagram in Figure 17.26:
proc calis data=lord; path W <=== F1 = beta1, X <=== F1 = beta1, Y <=== F2 = beta2, Z <=== F2 = beta2; pvar F1 = 1.0, F2 = 1.0, W X = 2 * theta1, Y Z = 2 * theta2; pcov F1 F2; run;
Note that the specification 2*theta1
in the PVAR statement means that theta1
is specified twice for the error variances of the two variables W
and X
. Similarly for the specification 2*theta2
. An annotated fit summary is displayed in Figure 17.27.
The chi-square value is 1.9335 (df=5, p=0.8583). This indicates that you cannot reject the hypothesized model H2. The standardized root mean square error (SRMSR) is 0.0076, which indicates a very good fit. Bentler’s comparative fit index is 1.0000. The adjusted GFI (AGFI) is 0.9970, and the RMSEA is close to zero. All results indicate that this is a good model for the data.
The estimation results are displayed in Figure 17.28.
Notice that because you explicitly specify the parameter names for the path coefficients (that is, beta1
and beta2
), they are used in the output shown in Figure 17.28. The correlation between F1
and F2
is 0.8987, which is a very high correlation that suggests F1
and F2
might have been the same factor in the population. The next section sets this value to one so that the current model becomes
a one-factor model with parallel tests.