A four day workshop on Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) was conducted by Prof. Akash Agarwal from School of Finance & Commerce, GU. This workshop was organized by the Delhi School of Professional Studies & Research (DSPSR), Rohini, Delhi.
SEM is an advanced statistical technique for testing and estimating causal relations using a combination of statistical data and qualitative causal assumptions. Structural equation models (SEM) allow both confirmatory and exploratory modeling, which means they are suited to both theory testing and theory development. This technique is used in empirical analysis and it combines the elements of regression analysis and factor analysis. It allows testing of complex casual relationship that is not possible through traditional multivariate approaches.
The four day workshop helped the participants to develop a basic understanding of the uses and applications of structural equation modeling using SPSS and AMOS software’s. Various topics were discussed such as exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis (and related topics such as reliability/validity), second-order factor models and latent variable path analysis. It also included discussions on mediation analysis, issues and diagnostic problems with SEM and reporting of the SEM results.
Thirty five researchers and academicians from different cities participated in this workshop