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Correspondence Analysis
Correspondence analysis
Introduction

Correspondence analysis is primarily a technique for representing the rows and columns of a two-way contingency table in a joint plot. It is by no means a ‘new’ technique for data analysis (Hill, 1974). Proponents trace its development from the mid 1930s: for example, in the work of Hirschfield (1935). One source of confusion is that correspondence analysis is equivalent to a number of techniques which have appeared in different contexts under different labels. Correspondence factor analysis, principal components analysis of qualitative data and dual scaling are but three of a long list of alternative names by Nishisato (1980). Fielding (1992) provides a useful review of the relationships between the different variants. The label ‘correspondence analysis’ is a translation of the French ...

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