I tried to find the estimate for SEM using R and Stata but I found that both estimates are different.

FP =~ childfreq+childprob+parentfreq+parentprob
sem=sem(model,sample.cov=cov,sample.nobs =n)

Result from R:

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sem(FP->bpfachildfreq bpfaparentfreq bpfachildprob bpfaparentprob), stand

Result from Stata:

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Anyone knows how can I get the same result for both R and Stata? Thank you!


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Do other things differ? Do the chi-square tests give the same value? Do you have any missing data, are you handling this differently? In R, you are using pairwise deletion - I don't think you're using that in Stata.

Can you check that your data are the same in both programs? In Stata, run


In R


You build the data in an unusual way.

What happens if you just run:

sem=sem(model, data)

It appe

Your variances seem very different, this can lead to precision problems. Multiply your variables by a constant.

You are asking for the standardized solution in Stata, not the regular (unstandardized) solution.

  • $\begingroup$ I have checked my data using summary and the data are same. I run my SEM model using lavaan package in R so my model need to be in following form: sem=sem(model,sample.cov=cov,sample.nobs =n). Yes, I asked for standardised solution in stata, I did ask for standardised solution in R as well. $\endgroup$
    – yap
    Commented Mar 22, 2020 at 6:38
  • $\begingroup$ Don't use pairwise deletion.Give Lavaan the data frame. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 23, 2020 at 5:27
  • $\begingroup$ my data don't have missing data. I tried with complete.obs and I got the same result. I have also tried giving lavaan the data frame and I get the same results as sem=sem(model,sample.cov=cov,sample.nobs =n). Thank you! $\endgroup$
    – yap
    Commented Mar 23, 2020 at 7:39
  • $\begingroup$ You should not get the same results, because you analyzed a correlation matrix, not a covariance matrix. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 23, 2020 at 16:18
  • $\begingroup$ do you mean STATA analyze using correlation? I used covariance matrix in R. $\endgroup$
    – yap
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 9:44

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