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ERIC Number: ED529100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb-3
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
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Question Number Two: How Many Factors?
Goodwyn, Fara
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (35th, New Orleans, LA, Feb 1-4, 2012)
Exploratory factor analysis involves five key decisions. The second decision, how many factors to retain, is the focus of the current paper. Extracting too many or too few factors often leads to devastating effects on study results. The advantages and disadvantages of the most effective and/or most utilized strategies to determine the number of factors to extract will be explored. Equipped with this knowledge, researchers can thoughtfully select the best strategies rather than relying solely on customary practice. Appended are: (1) SPSS Syntax: Bartlett's Chi-Square Test; and (2) SPSS Syntax: Eigenvalue Greater than 1.0. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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