Model Comparison


Researchers often have alternative ways of theorizing their models. The PLS-SEM model comparison enables the comparison of two distinct models by assessing them against model selection criteria and statistical tests. THe results offer a foundation for informed decision-making in selecting the most suitable model.


Create two alternative models within a SmartPLS project (e.g. Model 1 and Model 2). Select the first model and open it in the modeling view. Under "Calculate" in the menu bar you will find the option "Model comparison". Within the "Model comparison" start dialog, you can select the second model with which the currently open model is to be compared. After starting the algorithm, SmartPLS generates the following model comparison results:

Based on these results, researchers and practitioners can decide which of the two model alternatives is advantageous, for example with regard to predictive power.


Please always cite the use of SmartPLS!

Ringle, Christian M., Wende, Sven, & Becker, Jan-Michael. (2024). SmartPLS 4. Bönningstedt: SmartPLS. Retrieved from