Assessing Hold-Out Validity of Models of Smoking Behavior Developed for Male Anglo-American College Undergraduates Applied to Classify Comparable Mexican-American and Indian-American Samples

Paul R. Yarnold

Optimal Data Analysis, LLC

Hold-out validity analysis is used to evaluate the cross-generalizability of relationships previously identified by novometric models predicting year in school (ordered class variable) as a function of cigarette smoking behavior (attribute, measured using an ordered and a multicategorical measurement scale) for a sample of 3,809 male Anglo-American college undergraduates. As a test of the confirmatory hypothesis that the Anglo-American models will cross-generalize, those models are used to classify comparable samples of 1,112 Mexican-American and 985 Indian-American college undergraduate males.

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