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factor analysis

A set of statistical methods for analyzing the correlations among several variables in order to estimate the number of fundamental dimensions that underlie the observed data and to describe and measure those dimensions. It is used frequently in the development of scoring systems for rating scales and questionnaires.
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  • factorial analysis
  • principal axis factoring
  • factorial analyses
  • multifactorial analysis
  • statistical factor analysis
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