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Factor

  1. Ralph B. D'agostino Sr1,
  2. Heidy K. Russell2

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470011815.b2a13023

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

How to Cite

D'agostino, R. B. and Russell, H. K. 2005. Factor. Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. 3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

Abstract

This article introduces the factors in factor analysis. A factor pattern is defined. Common factors and unique factor are explained. Once the number of factors and the final factor pattern are determined, the factor complexity is used to interpret the factors.

Keywords:

  • factor analysis;
  • factor pattern;
  • common factors;
  • unique factor;
  • factor complexity