ERIC Number: ED382638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Hierarchical Analytic Methods That Yield Different Perspectives on Dynamics: Aids to Interpretation.
McClain, Andrew L.
First- and higher-order factor analyses are explained from a conceptual rather than a mathematical perspective. A case is made for performing higher-order factor analysis when factors are theoretically related. Actual scores of 301 children on 24 ability measures are used to demonstrate interpretation of second-order factors using the FORTRAN program SECONDOR. Higher-order factor analysis using interpretation aids such as the Schmid-Leiman (1957) solution allows the researcher to examine a complex world in a parsimonious manner. Seven tables illustrate the discussion. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Eigenvalues; FORTRAN Programming Language; Hierarchical Analysis; Second Order Effects
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).