I am not very familiar with path analysis, but was wondering why you would select this analysis to assess the relationships among variables rather than just fitting a generalized linear (or non-linear) model with a selection criteria?

  • $\begingroup$ GLMs do not estimate indirect effects. $\endgroup$
    – Alexis
    Mar 1, 2018 at 0:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Alexis but using the product of coefficients method, one can simply multiply two coefficients together from two GLMs and get an estimate for an indirect effect, right? $\endgroup$
    – Mark White
    Mar 1, 2018 at 4:44
  • $\begingroup$ @MarkWhite Begging the question of what one means by "path analysis" which, I believe, you just described. $\endgroup$
    – Alexis
    Mar 1, 2018 at 6:25


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