Multivariate Exploratory Data Analysis
A Perspective on Exploratory Factor Analysis
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In an exciting return to the roots of factor analysis, Allen Yates reviews its early history to clarify original objectives created by its discoverers and early developers. He then shows how computers can be used to accomplish the goals established by these early visionaries, while taking into account modern developments in the field of statistics that legitimize exploratory data analysis as a technique of discovery.
The book presents a unique perspective on all phases of exploratory factor analysis. In doing so, the popular objectives of the method are literally turned upside down both at the stage where the model is being fitted to data and in the subsequent stage of simple structure transformation for meaningful interpretation. What results is a fully integrated approach to exploratory analysis of associations among observed variables, revealing underlying structure in a totally new and much more invariant manner than ever before possible.
Dr. Yates is Senior Project Director at The Psychological Corporation.
"For anyone interested in human abilities, their organization, and how effectively to study them, this book is apt to be most engaging. Its foundational emphasis, clarity, consistency, and the appeal of an encompassing methodological system marries together some of the best of the new and old ideas about statistics and psychology. " — Robert M. Pruzek, State University of New York at Albany