Multivariate analysis is a set of statistical techniques that analyze the characteristics of a population observing the statistical dependence of multiple variables simultaneously. Multivariate data analysis groups a large variety of different statistical techniques that are commonly used in applied social sciences, having practical applications in economics, psychology, marketing, and sociology as well in a large variety of other disciplines. The common feature of these techniques is the ability to analyze the population with respect to a variety of different attributes simultaneously. Multivariate techniques differ essentially on the statistical assumptions on which they are built, and they generally target different research questions. The common feature is that they include several variables simultaneously in the analysis of the problem. Specific differences are presented in the remaining ...

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