ERIC Number: ED061270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Some Empirical Findings Concerning the Number of Factors Problem.
Hakstian, A. Ralph; Muller, Victor J.
The epistemological status of factors--that is, components, common factors, and image factors--is briefly discussed. Implications for the number of factors problem of varying views of factor analysis and the particular factor analytic model employed are noted, and the rationales underlying the best known decision rules regarding the correct number of factors are discussed. The results of a study are presented, in which re-analyses were performed on 17 correlation matrices found in the literature, and eight well-known rules and one new rule for determining the correct number of factors were applied. The rules are compared in light of the factor analytic model implied in each case, and some implications for practice are noted. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Alberta Univ., Edmonton.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 1972)