[R] Tetrachoric and polychoric ceofficients (for sem) - any tips?

Michael Dewey m.dewey at iop.kcl.ac.uk
Sun Nov 28 16:27:57 CET 2004

About two years ago there was a thread about this which suggested that at 
that time nobody had these coefficients ready to go.
(a) has anyone in the meanwhile programmed them?
(b) I think I can see how to do the tetrachoric one with mvtnorm on similar 
lines to an example on the help page so will try that if nobody else 
already has
(c) looking at the polychoric one makes me realise yet again that I wish I 
knew more mathematics. I would also find it difficult to test it as I do 
not have any worked examples. Does anyone have any tips about how to 
program it and how to test the resultant code?
(d) I appreciate this last item is not strictly an R question, but my 
intention is to use these as input into the sem package for structural 
equation models. If anyone thinks that is misguided I would be intersted to 

Michael Dewey
m.dewey at iop.kcl.ac.uk

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