MaxDiff Mixture Models

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The main mixture models used to analyze the MaxDiff experiments are:

  • Latent class logit models, which assume that the population contains a number of segments (e.g., a segment wanting low priced phones with few features and another segment willing to pay a premium for more features) and identifies the segments automatically.
  • Random parameters logit models, which assume that the distribution of the parameters in the population is described by a multivariate normal distribution. This model is sometimes referred to in market research as Hierarchical Bayes, although this is a misnomer. See Tricked Random Parameters Logit Model for an example.
  • C-Factor models, which can be either latent class or random parameters logit models, but additionally allow for heterogeneity in scale factors.