Residual variance correlations in path analysis

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Suppose I have two endogenous variables (A and B) and I draw an arrow (double-headed) between them. What is openmx doing in the background? Is it fitting a correlation between the residuals of A and B?

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It's a residual cov

If they are endogenous (i.e. they are variables with one-headed arrows going in to them), then the path with a double-headed arrow between them is a residual covariance. In LISREL terminology, the two-headed arrow between these variables goes in the Psi matrix, abbreviated as PS.

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Thanks!

That's what I thought. Thanks Mike!