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ERIC Number: ED427092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Pages: 37
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Higher-Order Factor Analysis: An Introductory Primer.
Evans, Victoria P.
The central objective of factor analysis is to explain the greatest amount of variance in a data set with the smallest number of factors. Higher-order analysis is an invaluable tool that offers the benefit of parsimony provided by first-order analysis with the opportunity to make data-based generalizations beyond the first-order. Higher-order analysis provides a hierarchical framework that better honors the reality with which many phenomena in the social sciences are perceived. Interpretation of higher-order factors requires careful understanding and consideration on the part of the individual researcher. A step-by-step discussion of a real factor analysis is provided to make computer-based results more clear. (Contains 1 figure, 12 tables, and 8 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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