GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Psychology Measurement and Methodology-Statistical Procedures Study Material (Page 22 of 25)

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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

Factor Analysis: Types of Factor Analysis


Types of Factor Analysis

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-correlated fac…

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