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Factor Analysis Quiz Topics

Last updated:
11 May 2005

Quiz 4 - FA 1

  • 250 word summary of a published exploratory factor analysis study (2 marks)
  • What is factor analysis?
  • Purpose of factor analysis
  • What are the assumptions of factor analysis?
    • levels of measurement
    • number of variables
    • number of cases
    • factorability of the correlation matrix
  • Types of factor analysis
  • Communalities
  • Eigen values
  • Explained vs. unexplained variance
  • Determining the number of factors
  • Rotating - varimax vs. othogonal
  • Iterations
  • Factor loadings
  • Cross-loadings
  • Eliminating items
  • Coming up with a good model
  • Strengths & weaknesses of factor analysis

Quiz 5 - FA 2

  • Any topic from FA 1
  • 500 word summary of your own exploratory factor analysis study (4 marks)
  • Testing a factor structure across groups
  • Methods for computing composite scores
  • Reliability analysis
  • What is confirmatory factor analysis?