Factor Analysis (Psychology)

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  • A multivariate statisti cal technique used to investigate the underlying pattern of correlations among a set of measured variables and to provide a simplified structure of the relationships among these variables. Factor analysis is employed to reduce the number of variables by creating or extracting a smaller number of (higher order) factors, each of which is a linear combination of the scores in the origi nal measured variables. The number of factors is quan tified that adequately expresses the variation in the variables (indicated by the factor-loading matrix), and then (depending on the research question) the factors are mapped (rotated) onto the variance to achieve an independent factorial structure. Then, scores of individ uals can be expressed as factor scores instead of item scores. Exploratory ...

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