Psychometrika: A new methodology for latent category identification

April 15, 2013

Blanchard, S. J., & DeSarbo, W. S. (2013). A new zero-inflated negative binomial methodology for latent category identification. Psychometrika, 78(2), 322-340.

We introduce a new statistical procedure for the identification of unobserved categories that vary between individuals and in which objects may span multiple categories. This procedure can be used to analyze data from a proposed sorting task in which individuals may simultaneously assign objects to multiple piles. The results of a synthetic example and a consumer psychology study involving categories of restaurant brands illustrate how the application of the proposed methodology to the new sorting task can account for a variety of categorization phenomena including multiple category memberships and for heterogeneity through individual differences in the saliency of latent category structures.


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