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Air temperature Metabolic rate Fatreserves burned Notion of a latent variable [O 2 ]

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Notion of a latent variable [O 2 ] Air temperature Metabolic rate Fat reserves burned Thermometer reading Measurement error 1 gas exchange Measurement error 2 Change in body weight Measurement error 3

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Air temperature Metabolic rate Fat reserves burned Measurement error 1 Measurement error 2 Measurement error 3 Thermometer reading gas exchange Change in body weight Thermometer reading = air temperature Gas exchange= metabolic rate Change in body weight= fat reserves burned

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Latent variable X1X1 X2X2 X3X3 X4X4 Observed (indicator) variables 11 22 33 44 Error variables Latent variable

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True length of strings (latent) Ruler ± 1cm Her hand ± 0.07 hand Ruler ± 1 inch Visual estimation ± 10 cm

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Length X 1 X 2 X 3 X 4 11 22 33 44 L=N(0, ) 1 =N(0, ) 2 =N(0, ) 3 =N(0, ) 4 =N(0, ) X 1 =1L + 1 X 2 =a 2 L + 2 X 3 =a 3 L + 3 X 4 =a 4 L + 4 Cov( 1, 2 )=Cov( 1, 3 )=Cov( 1, 4 )=Cov( 2, 3 )= Cov( 2, 4 )=Cov( 3, 4 )=0 1

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Structural equations used by EQS: 10 /EQUATIONS 11 V1= + 1F1 + E1; 12 V2= + 1*F1 + E2; 13 V3= + 1*F1 + E3; 14 V4= + 1*F1 + E4; 15 /VARIANCES 16 F1= 100*; 17 E1= 0.01*; 18 E2= 0.1*; 19 E3= 10*; 20 E4= 100*; 21 /COVARIANCES 22 /END Starting values in the iterations for maximum likelihood With latent variable models, if the starting values are too far from the real ones, one will get “convergence” problems - local minima.

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Value of free parameter likelihood Starting value Value of free parameter likelihood Starting value Global maximum Global maximum Local maximum “Convergence problems” Better starting value

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PARAMETER ESTIMATES APPEAR IN ORDER, NO SPECIAL PROBLEMS WERE ENCOUNTERED DURING OPTIMIZATION. ITERATIVE SUMMARY PARAMETER ITERATION ABS CHANGE ALPHA FUNCTION Difference between observed and predicted variances & covariances ~log likelihood

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MEASUREMENT EQUATIONS WITH STANDARD ERRORS AND TEST STATISTICS X1 =V1 = F E1 X2 =V2 =.069*F E X3 =V3 =.368*F E X4 =V4 =.998*F E Maximum likelihood estimate Standard error of the estimateZ- value of a normal distribution testing H 0 : coefficient=0 in population X1=1L X 2 =0.07L X 3 =0.39L X 4 =1L

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Body size Visual estimate of body weight Total body length Neck circumference Chest circumference 1 2 3 4 Body size is difficult to measure in free-ranging animals

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Body size is difficult to measure in free-ranging animals Units: Kg Ln(estimated weight)=1Ln(“Body size”)+N(0,0.023) r 2 =0.893 Ln(total length)=0.370Ln(“Body size”)+N( ) r 2 =0.911 Ln(neck circumference)=0.42Ln(“Body size”)+N(0,0.005) r 2 =0.883 Ln(chest circumference)=0.387Ln(“Body size”)+N(0,0.001) r 2 =0.982 MLX 2 =0.971, 2 df p=0.615 (measurement model fits the data well)

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Left horn: Right horn: - Basal diameter - horn length General size factor Left horn length Left horn basal diameter Right horn basal diameter Right horn length 1 1 1 1

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Left horn: Right horn: - Basal diameter - horn length General size factor Left horn length Left horn basal diameter Right horn basal diameter Right horn length 1 2 3 4 MLX 2 = , 2 df, p< This causal structure is wrong

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Left horn: Right horn: - Basal diameter - horn length Growth factor Diameter growth Length growth Left horn length Right horn length Left horn diameter Right horn diameter 33 44 55 66 11 22

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Left horn: Right horn: - Basal diameter - horn length Growth factor Diameter growth Length growth Left horn length Right horn length Left horn diameter Right horn diameter 33 44 55 66 11 22 MLX 2 =3.948, 1df, p=0.05

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Growth factor Diameter growth Length growth Left horn length Right horn length Left horn diameter Right horn diameter 33 44 55 66 11 22 Is this latent variable really “a growth factor”? Are these latent variables really growth of diameter and length? - Basal diameter - horn length Left horn: Right horn:

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