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st: confirmatory factor analysis programs [was: RE: Stata support]

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: confirmatory factor analysis programs [was: RE: Stata support]
Date   Thu, 9 Feb 2012 23:39:42 +0000

Stas Kolenikov has quite different versions of his programs of different vintages under different names in at least three different places. -confa- (SSC, SJ) is evidently what you are trying to install. There is also -cfa1- from 

-listutil- is a quite different (and ancient) package on SSC. As it happens, it's mine. 

The help file for -confa- does explain for you exactly what is going on: 

"confa relies on listutil for some parsing tasks. If listutil is not installed in your Stata, confa will try to install it from the SSC (ssc install listutil). If the installation is unsuccessful, confa will issue an error message and stop."

So, you also need to copy across the -listutil- files that -confa- uses from SSC. The automated -ssc- call won't work in your case, as you discovered. You don't need them all but evidently -confa- uses several. 


Don Stryker [edited] 

I am trying to add the CFA programs produced by Stanislav Kolenikov to a machine running Stata 10 w/out an internet connection. I have downloaded the files on one computer and transferred them to "ado" folder under the v10 machine's Stata directory. Something is amuck as when I try to run confa response is "unknown command: confa". I have opened the .ado files from Stata directly and then confa is recognized, but now I get a different error: "listutil not found...trying to install from ssc..."

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