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Factor Analysis

  • By: Peter Schmidt & Johannes Herrmann
  • In: International Encyclopedia of Political Science
  • Edited by: Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser & Leonardo Morlino
  • Subject:Political Science (general), General Politics & International Relations

Factor analysis is a well-established method that attempts to measure latent constructs such as attitudes or values, which cannot be observed directly. The standard model assumes that the measured variables (items or indicators) are linear additive functions of the unobserved (latent) ...

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