Introduction to the special section
New issues in latent variable models: theory
Published online: 11 April 2015
Ó Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
The papers in this section are based on presentations from the international conference of
the Italian Statistical Society (SIS) ‘‘Advances in Latent Variables: Methods, Models and
Applications’’. The conference was held in Brescia, Italy, on June 19–21, 2013, and
included talks, posters, and symposia on topics related to the latent variable approach, from
both methodological and applied points of view.
The latent variable approach has a relevant role in theoretical and application contexts.
The recent methodological developments allow to analyze complex problems typical of
social and behavioral research. It is challenging to share with a broad scientiﬁc community
the potentiality of these methods.
A selection of extended papers is published in the Springer book Advances in Latent
Variables, belonging to the series ‘Studies in Theoretical and Applied Statistics’ and in the
following Springer Journals: Quality & Quantity, Stochastic Environmental Research and
Risk Assessment, Advances in Data Analysis and Classiﬁcation.
This special section collects both theoretical and applied contributions in the ﬁeld of
latent variable models. In particular, some of the articles tackle problems arising in model
speciﬁcation and estimation, some are devoted to the class of IRT models, and others deal
with models for ordinal responses. The applications are mainly in the educational setting,
spatial econometrics and sensorial data analysis.
& Stefania Mignani
Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche ‘Paolo Fortunati’, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni ‘G. Parenti’, University of Florence, Florence,
Qual Quant (2015) 49:879–880