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Multivariate Methods

  1. Lisa L. Harlow

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0571

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Harlow, L. L. 2010. Multivariate Methods. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–4.

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  1. University of Rhode Island

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Multivariate methods provide options for analyzing and understanding the essence of a set of well-chosen variables. Myriad information is potentially available to researchers, policy makers, and practitioners with which to examine group differences, predict outcomes, explore patterns, and investigate models. Statistical methods are needed to make sense of this information and to come to meaningful conclusions that synthesize and simplify the data.


  • group differences;
  • prediction;
  • dimensional methods;
  • structural equation modeling;
  • longitudinal methods