Factor Analysis and Related Methods

Author: Roderick P. McDonald
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1317768779
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Factor Analysis is a genetic term for a somewhat vaguely delimited set of techniques for data processing, mainly applicable to the social and biological sciences. These techniques have been developed for the analysis of mutual relationships among a number of measurements made on a number of measurable entities. In the broad sense, factor analysis comprises a number of statistical models which yield testable hypotheses -- hypotheses that may confirm or disconfirm in terms of the usual statistical procedures for making tests of significance. It also comprises a number of simplifying procedures for the approximate description of data, which do not in any sense constitute disconfirmable hypotheses, except in the loose sense that they supply approximations to the data. In literature, the two types of analysis have often been confused. This book clarifies the concepts of factor analysis for students or professionals in the social sciences who wish to know the technique, rather than the mathematics, of factor theory. Mathematical concepts are described to have an intuitive meaning for the non-mathematical reader. An account of the elements of matrix algebra, in the appendix, and the (mathematical) notes following each chapter will help the reader who wishes to receive a more advanced treatment of the subject. Factor Analysis and Related Methods should prove a useful text for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in economics, the behavioral sciences, and education. Researchers and practitioners in those fields will also find this book a handy reference.

Statistical Factor Analysis and Related Methods

Author: Alexander T. Basilevsky
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470317736
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Statistical Factor Analysis and Related Methods Theory and Applications In bridging the gap between the mathematical and statistical theory of factor analysis, this new work represents the first unified treatment of the theory and practice of factor analysis and latent variable models. It focuses on such areas as: * The classical principal components model and sample-population inference * Several extensions and modifications of principal components, including Q and three-mode analysis and principal components in the complex domain * Maximum likelihood and weighted factor models, factor identification, factor rotation, and the estimation of factor scores * The use of factor models in conjunction with various types of data including time series, spatial data, rank orders, and nominal variable * Applications of factor models to the estimation of functional forms and to least squares of regression estimators

Factor Analysis at 100

Author: Robert Cudeck
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135594031
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Factor analysis is one of the success stories of statistics in the social sciences. The reason for its wide appeal is that it provides a way to investigate latent variables, the fundamental traits and concepts in the study of individual differences. Because of its importance, a conference was held to mark the centennial of the publication of Charles Spearman's seminal 1904 article which introduced the major elements of this invaluable statistical tool. This book evolved from that conference. It provides a retrospective look at major issues and developments as well as a prospective view of future directions in factor analysis and related methods. In so doing, it demonstrates how and why factor analysis is considered to be one of the methodological pillars of behavioral research. Featuring an outstanding collection of contributors, this volume offers unique insights on factor analysis and its related methods. Several chapters have a clear historical perspective, while others present new ideas along with historical summaries. In addition, the book reviews some of the extensions of factor analysis to such techniques as latent growth curve models, models for categorical data, and structural equation models. Factor Analysis at 100 will appeal to graduate students and researchers in the behavioral, social, health, and biological sciences who use this technique in their research. A basic knowledge of factor analysis is required and a working knowledge of linear algebra is helpful.

Factor Analysis

Author: Jae-On Kim
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780803911666
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Describes various commonly used methods of initial factoring and factor rotation. In addition to a full discussion of exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis and various methods of constructing factor scales are also presented.

Modern Factor Analysis

Author: Harry H. Harman
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226316529
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Foundations of factor analysis; Direct factor analysis methods; Derived factor solutions; Factor measurements.

Exploratory Factor Analysis with SAS

Author: Jason W. Osborne, PhD
Publisher: SAS Institute
ISBN: 1629602418
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Explore the mysteries of Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) with SAS with an applied and user-friendly approach. Exploratory Factor Analysis with SAS focuses solely on EFA, presenting a thorough and modern treatise on the different options, in accessible language targeted to the practicing statistician or researcher. This book provides real-world examples using real data, guidance for implementing best practices in the context of SAS, interpretation of results for end users, and it provides resources on the book's author page. Faculty teaching with this book can utilize these resources for their classes, and individual users can learn at their own pace, reinforcing their comprehension as they go. Exploratory Factor Analysis with SAS reviews each of the major steps in EFA: data cleaning, extraction, rotation, interpretation, and replication. The last step, replication, is discussed less frequently in the context of EFA but, as we show, the results are of considerable use. Finally, two other practices that are commonly applied in EFA, estimation of factor scores and higher-order factors, are reviewed. Best practices are highlighted throughout the chapters. A rudimentary working knowledge of SAS is required but no familiarity with EFA or with the SAS routines that are related to EFA is assumed. Using SAS University Edition? You can use the code and data sets provided with this book. This helpful link will get you started: http://support.sas.com/publishing/import_ue.data.html

Multiple Correspondence Analysis and Related Methods

Author: Michael Greenacre
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1420011316
Format: PDF
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As a generalization of simple correspondence analysis, multiple correspondence analysis (MCA) is a powerful technique for handling larger, more complex datasets, including the high-dimensional categorical data often encountered in the social sciences, marketing, health economics, and biomedical research. Until now, however, the literature on the subject has been scattered, leaving many in these fields no comprehensive resource from which to learn its theory, applications, and implementation. Multiple Correspondence Analysis and Related Methods gives a state-of-the-art description of this new field in an accessible, self-contained, textbook format. Explaining the methodology step-by-step, it offers an exhaustive survey of the different approaches taken by researchers from different statistical "schools" and explores a wide variety of application areas. Each chapter includes empirical examples that provide a practical understanding of the method and its interpretation, and most chapters end with a "Software Note" that discusses software and computational aspects. An appendix at the end of the book gives further computing details along with code written in the R language for performing MCA and related techniques. The code and the datasets used in the book are available for download from a supporting Web page. Providing a unique, multidisciplinary perspective, experts in MCA from both statistics and the social sciences contributed chapters to the book. The editors unified the notation and coordinated and cross-referenced the theory across all of the chapters, making the book read seamlessly. Practical, accessible, and thorough, Multiple Correspondence Analysis and Related Methods brings the theory and applications of MCA under one cover and provides a valuable addition to your statistical toolbox.

Foundations of factor analysis

Author: Stanley A. Mulaik
Publisher: Chapman & Hall/CRC
ISBN: 9781420099614
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Providing a practical, thorough understanding of how factor analysis works,Foundations of Factor Analysis, Second Editiondiscusses the assumptions underlying the equations and procedures of this method. It also explains the options in commercial computer programs for performing factor analysis and structural equation modeling. This long-awaited edition takes into account the various developments that have occurred since the publication of the original edition. New to the Second Edition A new chapter on the multivariate normal distribution, its general properties, and the concept of maximum-likelihood estimation More complete coverage of descriptive factor analysis and doublet factor analysis A rewritten chapter on analytic oblique rotation that focuses on the gradient projection algorithm and its applications Discussions on the developments of factor score indeterminacy A revised chapter on confirmatory factor analysis that addresses philosophy of science issues, model specification and identification, parameter estimation, and algorithm derivation Presenting the mathematics only as needed to understand the derivation of an equation or procedure, this textbook prepares students for later courses on structural equation modeling. It enables them to choose the proper factor analytic procedure, make modifications to the procedure, and produce new results.

Exploratory Factor Analysis

Author: Leandre R. Fabrigar
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199734178
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This book provides a non-mathematical introduction to the theory and application of Exploratory Factor Analysis. Among the issues discussed are the use of confirmatory versus exploratory factor analysis, the use of principal components analysis versus common factor analysis, and procedures for determining the appropriate number of factors.