GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Psychology Measurement and Methodology-Statistical Procedures Study Material (Page 21 of 24)

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Factor Analysis: Uses of Factor Analysis


Uses of Factor Analysis

  • To determine the unknown variables (latent) and explore underlying structure in the data
  • For parsimony or data reduction
  • For classification or description
  • For scaling
  • For hypothesis testing
  • For data transformation
  • For exploration and mapping

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Factor Analysis: Types of Factor Analysis


Types of Factor Analysis

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Factor Analysis Types Confirmatory & Explanatory

As we discussed above, in an experiment there are several variables which affect the dependent variable (the explored variable). Sometimes the independent variables themselves are found to be correlated. In such cases the technique of factor analysis is used to reduce a number of correlated variables to a smaller number of un

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