Meaning | Any of several methods for reducing correlational data to a smaller number of dimensions or factors; beginning with a correlation matrix a small number of components or factors are extracted that are regarded as the basic variables that account for the interrelations observed in the data. |
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Category | statistics | A branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters |
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Broader | correlational analysis | The use of statistical correlation to evaluate the strength of the relations between variables |
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Adjectives | factor analytical, factor analytic | of or relating to or the product of factor analysis |
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Verbs | factor analyze | to perform a factor analysis of correlational data |
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