Can specification searches be useful for hypothesis generation?

Samuel B. Green, Marilyn Thompson

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Previous studies suggest that results from specification searches, as typically employed in structural equation modeling, should not be used to reach strong research conclusions due to their poor reliability. Analyses of computer generated data indicate that search results can be sufficiently reliable for exploratory purposes with properly designed and analyzed studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-171
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2010


  • Lagrange multiplier test
  • Modification indices
  • Specification searches
  • Structural equation modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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