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Term: Root Mean Square Error of Approximation (RMSEA)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-10-16


A measure of goodness of fit for statistical models, where the goal is for the population to have an approximate or close fit with the model, rather than an exact fit, which is often not practical for large populations (Kaplan DW, 2000).


  • Kaplan DW. Structural Equation Modeling: Foundations and Extensions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. 2000.(View)

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