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Lancaster Medical School

Part of the Faculty of Health and Medicine

Research in the CHICAS group

Latent variable methods

Latent variable methods

Latent variable methods are used in studies that postulate theoretical concepts involving unobservable characteristics of the participants.

Our research focuses on modelling stochastic dependence structures amongst observed and unobserved, or latent, multivariate measurements in a way that relates naturally to substantive scientific hypotheses about the underlying theoretical concepts. We are mainly concerned with studies that involve observed measurements with non-standard sampling distributions, and an underlying latent Gaussian structure.

Current collaborators in this area include psychologists studying cognitive decline of Alzheimer's patients and colleagues from the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research investigating the nature of bipolar disorder.