UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Introduction to Latent Class Analysis

10:00 am to 4:30 pm, 05 December 2018

This one day course focuses on understanding the principles of Latent Class Analysis via the concepts and parameters estimated. How to decide on the number of latent classes, and interpretation of the model parameters will be discussed.

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With the advancement of computer simulation, techniques such as Latent Class Analysis are becoming more common in research and can offer a different perspective to certain types of analyses. LCA is a useful approach to identify sub-groups within your data, based on (generally) categorical data. From multiple binary variables for example, using LCA you can reveal common sub-groups in the data that reflect the most frequent patterns, and explore to what extent there is quantitative and qualitative differences within your sample population. While this courses only introduces the concepts of LCA, the information gathered will be useful for those wanting to explore extensions to LCA, such as longitudinal latent models and should attendees want to then start to compute LCA models themselves. This is a theory based course, with no access to software (although some examples are presented with print-screens).

This course covers:

  • An introduction to why Latent Class Analysis is used in research
  • Explanation of the modelling process, and the parameters estimated
  • Details of the model information of how to select the optimum number of latent classes
  • LCA model diagnostic criteria
  • A real-life example worked through considering the elements listed above
  • Brief explanations of extensions to LCA models
  • Some provided templates of software use for LCA models

It is expected that you have a decent understanding of probability and basic statistics when attending this course. It would be desirable to have a basic understanding of regression to benefit more from this course, but that isn't essential.


Course fees

External Delegates (Non-UCL)£150.00
UCL Staff, Students, Alumni£75.00 *
Staff and Doctoral Students from ICH/GOSHFREE †

* Valid UCL email address and/or UCL alumni number required upon registration. Please note, this category does not include hospital staff unless you hold an official contract with the university.

† Limited free spaces available. If there are no free places remaining, Staff and Doctoral Students from ICH/GOSH can still register at the UCL rate.

Prices include printed course materials, refreshments (and lunch for non-ICH/GOSH participants 12.45pm - 1.45pm)


Please note that no refunds will be given for non-attendance or cancellations made within 5 working days of the start of the course. For delegates attending courses on funded places, a £50 fee will be charged for late cancellation, non-attendance or partial-attendance. This fee is needed to cover printing, catering, etc. costs that are ordered no later than 5 days before the course and are based on the number of people registered at that point in time. 

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