Figuring out factors: the use and misuse of factor analysis.

  title={Figuring out factors: the use and misuse of factor analysis.},
  author={David L Streiner},
  journal={Canadian journal of psychiatry. Revue canadienne de psychiatrie},
  volume={39 3},
  • David L Streiner
  • Published 1994 in
    Canadian journal of psychiatry. Revue canadienne…
Factor analysis is a technique which is designed to reveal whether or not the pattern of responses on a number of tests can be explained by a smaller number of underlying traits or factors. Similarly, it can be used to indicate whether or not the various items on a questionnaire can be grouped into a few clusters with each cluster reflecting a different construct. As with all multivariate statistical tests, it is quite powerful and can provide much information about the instruments being used… CONTINUE READING
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