latent structure analysis (LSA). LSA is a broad category that subsumes several individual methods, including latent class analysis (LCA) and latent trait analysis (LTA). The purpose of LSA is to infer, from observed variables (manifest variables), the structure of other, more fundamental variables that are not directly observed (latent variables). Both manifest variables and latent variables can be binary, nominal, ordered-categorical, or interval/continuous – leading to a large different combinations and different methods. For example, classical latent class analysis considers binary, nominal, or ordered-categorical manifest variables and nominal latent variables, and latent trait analysis considers binary or ordered-categorical variables and continuous latent variables. … Latent Structure Analysis (LSA) google