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Segment size from LCA not the same as in SPSS

I ran LCA and i found for instance
When i pick 3 groups if will tells the segment size of (%) of the three groups. After i ran this data with SPSS for instance, to get descriptive statistics.. I found the segment size of these groups are not at the same (%) as shown in LCA ..why is that?
asked Jan 20, 2020 by kelly

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Latent class assigns each respondent probabilistically to each segment.  So a segment that has 0.4 of respondent 1 and 0.9 of respondent 2 and 0.01 of respondent 3 will report in the software as having 1.31 respondents.  The software also reports for each respondent their modal segment, and if that's what you imported to SPSS, then the two (counts of whole respondents put in modal segments and sums of respondent-level segment probabilities) will usually disagree a little.  It's not that they're counting the same thing two different ways, but that they're different sums.
answered Jan 20, 2020 by Keith Chrzan Platinum Sawtooth Software, Inc. (107,050 points)